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Physiotherapists' stories about professional development
Umeå University, Umeå University Library, Centre for teaching and learning (UPL).
2015 (English)In: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, ISSN 0959-3985, E-ISSN 1532-5040, Vol. 31, no 6, 396-402 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Introduction: A professional career may extend over a period of 40 years. Although learning is a feature of professional competence, little is known about learning and development after professional entry education. Methods: Narrative inquiry was used to understand how physiotherapists learned and developed over time, and stories from a purposeful sample of 12 physiotherapists were collected. Stories were thematically analyzed with regard to key elements related to learning and development, and common themes were identified across stories. Findings: Four themes emerged from the analysis where physiotherapists learned and developed in working life: (1) facing challenges; (2) contrasting perspectives; (3) drawing on hundreds of educators; and' (4) building on personal experience. Conclusion: Non-formal ways of learning in working life may help physiotherapists learn and develop confidence, communication strategies and different approaches to treatment. Besides reflection on personal experience and patient encounters, learning and development may be promoted and supported by taking on challenges and changing settings.

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2015. Vol. 31, no 6, 396-402 p.
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Learning, narrative inquiry, physiotherapy, professional development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108154DOI: 10.3109/09593985.2015.1024804ISI: 000359181800004PubMedID: 26196698OAI: diva2:855060
Available from: 2015-09-18 Created: 2015-09-04 Last updated: 2015-09-18Bibliographically approved

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