Learning at work and at university: midwifery students and sexual health

Walker, Susan H. and Davis, Geraldine (2013) Learning at work and at university: midwifery students and sexual health. Practitioner Research in Higher Education. ISSN 1755-1382

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Abstract

Concerns about the theory-practice gap and discussion regarding the role of the preregistration programme in preparing registered health care practitioners, are two recurring themes in the literature. This study was carried out in a higher education institution in England and was conducted over a twelve month period. It examined how well the undergraduate programme in midwifery prepares student midwives to provide sexual health advice to women. Using focus groups and questionnaires the study sought the views of three consecutive cohorts of final year midwifery students. The research focused on the students’ experiences of giving advice on contraception and sexual health to women in their care and on how they responded to proposed changes in the programme. Findings indicated that students wanted more practicebased educational methods. The study suggests that a model in which theoretical knowledge is reinforced practically, with practice based scenarios and mentor emulation as staging points, would help to develop confident practice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Walker, S. and Davis, G., 2013. Learning at work and university: midwifery students and sexual health. Practitioner Research in Higher Education, 7(1), pp.63-77..
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (for research post September 2011)
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2013 10:10
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:51
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/305068

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