Confident but not theoretically grounded - experienced simulation educators' perceptions of their own professional development
2017 (English)In: Advances in Medical Education and Practice, ISSN 1179-7258, E-ISSN 1179-7258, Vol. 8, 99-108 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Medical simulation enables the design of learning activities for competency areas (eg, communication and leadership) identified as crucial for future health care professionals. Simulation educators and medical teachers follow different career paths, and their education backgrounds and teaching contexts may be very different in a simulation setting. Although they have a key role in facilitating learning, information on the continuing professional development (pedagogical development) of simulation educators is not available in the literature.
Objectives: To explore changes in experienced simulation educators' perceptions of their own teaching skills, practices, and understanding of teaching over time.
Methods: A qualitative exploratory study. Fourteen experienced simulation educators participated in individual open-ended interviews focusing on their development as simulation educators. Data were analyzed using an inductive thematic analysis.
Results: Marked educator development was discerned over time, expressed mainly in an altered way of thinking and acting. Five themes were identified: shifting focus, from following to utilizing a structure, setting goals, application of technology, and alignment with profession. Being confident in the role as an instructor seemed to constitute a foundation for the instructor's pedagogical development.
Conclusion: Experienced simulation educators' pedagogical development was based on self-confidence in the educator role, and not on a deeper theoretical understanding of teaching and learning. This is the first clue to gain increased understanding regarding educational level and possible education needs among simulation educators, and it might generate several lines of research for further studies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
DOVE Medical Press Ltd. , 2017. Vol. 8, 99-108 p.
continuing professional development, interviews, medical simulation, pedagogical development, simulation educator
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-56842DOI: 10.2147/AMEP.S123517ISI: 000394696100001PubMedID: 28176931OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-56842DiVA: diva2:1085137
Medical Research Council of Southeast Sweden2017-03-282017-03-282017-03-28Bibliographically approved