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Pages: 2932-2941
Publication year: 2014
ISBN: 978-84-617-2484-0
ISSN: 2340-1095

Conference name: 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 17-19 November, 2014
Location: Seville, Spain

AN ANALYSIS OF THE SOMATOLOGY PROGRAMME OFFERED AT SOUTH AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES OF TECHNOLOGY TO DETERMINE WHETHER IT MEETS THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY

K. Rammanhor

Durban University of Technology (SOUTH AFRICA)
The beginning of the 21st century presented the Somatology profession with unprecedented challenges to become more scientific in efforts to attain holistic health. Somatology is embedded in a constellation of areas that integrate beauty, health and wellness therapies, all of which create fertile opportunities for research. However, a review of post-graduate research revealed limited research amongst the profession with little empirical work existing particularly in regard to education. It is in this milieu that the study embarked a national research that explored the existing National Diploma programme through the lens of students, educators and members of the Durban University of Technology’s Advisory Board. In particular, it focused on developing broad guidelines to guide academics on what further content was required to be integrated into the current Somatology education to better meet the needs of industry. A triangulated approach that encompassed both quantitative and qualitative methods was used to guide the operationalisation of the research process.
Five South African Universities of Technology participated in the study, viz. Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Central University of Technology, Durban University of Technology, Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Johannesburg. Third year and B.Tech students were surveyed with regard to the current Somatology Programme and what further aspects needed to be integrated into it to better prepare graduates for industry. In addition, in-depth interviews were sought with ten academics, two from each University of Technology, to examine what they thought needed to be included in education to strengthen the current programme. The same was done through a focus group discussion with members of the Durban University of Technology Advisory Board. A programme analysis of current content being taught across the five Universities was also undertaken.
The results reflected that although most of the samples were satisfied with the current educational programme, they still believed that gaps existed and that graduates were still not adequately prepared for industry. It was found that both students and educators saw the need for more therapies to be included in the training. Both educators and the Advisory Board sample also saw the need for a stronger emphasis to be placed on practical skill development. The Advisory Board sample also strongly articulated for training to occur in an industry context as opposed to the University based experiential setting. Using data from these multiple samples, a set of curricula guidelines was developed and presented. These guidelines were based on what further therapies needed to be integrated into the current Somatology education.
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K. Rammanhor (2014) AN ANALYSIS OF THE SOMATOLOGY PROGRAMME OFFERED AT SOUTH AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES OF TECHNOLOGY TO DETERMINE WHETHER IT MEETS THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY, ICERI2014 Proceedings, pp. 2932-2941.
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