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Pages: 6555-6559
Publication year: 2012
ISBN: 978-84-615-5563-5
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 6th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 5-7 March, 2012
Location: Valencia, Spain

PHYSIOTHERAPY STUDENTS´ PERSPECTIVES OF THE DEGREE AND THEIR NEAR ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL FUTURE

In Spain, both the University Education System and healthcare curricula are undergoing significant changes in response to the requirements of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The modernization programme includes the expansion of undergraduate curricula, impacting on course length and content, whilst also opening the gates for postgraduate study opportunities. A continuous exchange of viewpoints and experiences amongst stakeholders is essential in order to assure the quality procedures. Thus, the students’ perspective plays an important role in this complex process.

The objective of this study is to analyse the students’ impression of different aspects related to: (i) the physiotherapy studies they have attended (Spanish three-year university degree): expectations, training, teacher quality and resources, (ii) professional future and labour market, (iii) the new Degree (undergraduate four-year degree within the framework of the EHEA) and (iv) postgraduate education.

The study involved 116 third-year physiotherapy students in the 2010-2011 academic year. They were the last course in the previous degree programme. The research tool was an anonymous questionnaire divided into the above mentioned aspects.

The analysis of the results showed that the expectations of students regarding their degree programme are generally satisfied, although a large proportion of them don´t feel sufficiently prepared for the workplace. Referring to the curriculum, they pointed to the need for further training, particularly in specialties such as Locomotor and Nervous System. They feel employment insecurity because of the current socioeconomic conditions and they are interested in continuing their postgraduate training. Their preferences are focused on Manual Therapy, Pediatric Physical Therapy and Sports.

The students identified as advantages of the new Degree: the higher level of training and scientific content, active learning and opportunities for learning afforded by emerging technologies. On the other hand, they considered autonomous learning, greater workload and the greater number of assessments as disadvantages.

In conclusion, the role of lecturers as a key driver in encouraging students´ motivation in relation to the EHEA approach is crucial; regular re-evaluation is needed to ensure optimal development of the required competences among the future professionals in a changing society; the curriculum should include information on professional and academic possibilities; and it should prepare students to cope with the job market.
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author = {Esp{\'{i}} L{\'{o}}pez, G.V. and Colorado Lluch, I. and Jovani Palau, M. and Sentandreu Ma{\~n}{\'{o}}, T.},
title = {PHYSIOTHERAPY STUDENTS´ PERSPECTIVES OF THE DEGREE AND THEIR NEAR ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL FUTURE},
series = {6th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2012 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-615-5563-5},
issn = {2340-1079},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {5-7 March, 2012},
year = {2012},
pages = {6555-6559}}
TY - CONF
AU - G.V. Espí López AU - I. Colorado Lluch AU - M. Jovani Palau AU - T. Sentandreu Mañó
TI - PHYSIOTHERAPY STUDENTS´ PERSPECTIVES OF THE DEGREE AND THEIR NEAR ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL FUTURE
SN - 978-84-615-5563-5/2340-1079
PY - 2012
Y1 - 5-7 March, 2012
CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 6th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2012 Proceedings
SP - 6555
EP - 6559
ER -
G.V. Espí López, I. Colorado Lluch, M. Jovani Palau, T. Sentandreu Mañó (2012) PHYSIOTHERAPY STUDENTS´ PERSPECTIVES OF THE DEGREE AND THEIR NEAR ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL FUTURE, INTED2012 Proceedings, pp. 6555-6559.
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