Clinical Education in the Health Professions

An Educator's Guide


  • Clare Delany, School of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne, Vic, Australia
  • Elizabeth Molloy, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Clinical settings are dynamic educational spaces that present both opportunities and barriers to learning and teaching. Designed to inform, challenge and educate health professionals about the evidence underpinning clinical education practices and outcomes, this multi-disciplinary book brings together important concepts in healthcare education and addresses context and processes of learning, professional identity and socialisation, feedback and assessment, ethics, and inter-professional education. The authors encourage teaching and learning practices based on research findings, expertise and innovation, and the development of individual teaching methods and styles from a theoretical base that provides relevant principles, direction and support. With clear links between theory, research and practice, collaboration from a broad range of clinical disciplines, and models for learning and teaching grounded in empirical research, Clinical Education in the Health Professions will become a standard reference for all health professionals and educators.
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University and clinical educators in physiotherapy, OT, osteopathy, podiatry, speech pathology, medical radiation science, and nutrition and dietetics.


Book information

  • Published: September 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-7295-7900-1

Table of Contents

Section 1: Examining knowledge - theoretical perspectives about knowledge construction

Chapter 1: Critical reflection in clinical education: beyond the ‘swampy lowlands’

Chapter 2: Ways of knowing for clinical practice

Chapter 3: Recognising and bridging gaps: theory, research and practice inclinical education

Section 2: Sharing knowledge - communities and culture in education

Chapter 4: Professional identities and communities of practice

Chapter 5: Interprofessional education: sharing the wealth

Chapter 6: Clinical education: embracing diversity

Section 3: Applying knowledge - understanding teaching and learning practices

Chapter 7: Clinical reasoning: the nuts and bolts of clinical education

Chapter 8: Time to pause: giving and receiving feedback in clinical learning

Chapter 9: Assessment in clinical education

Chapter 10: Ethics in clinical education