Experiencing the pharmacy curriculum: Results of an observational study

Noble, Christy, Coombes, Ian, Nissen, Lisa, O'Brien, Mia and Shaw, P. Nicholas (2010). Experiencing the pharmacy curriculum: Results of an observational study. In: Proceedings of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association Annual Conference 2010. Focus on the Future: Research and Education for a Healthier Community, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (101). 6-9 December 2010.

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Author Noble, Christy
Coombes, Ian
Nissen, Lisa
O'Brien, Mia
Shaw, P. Nicholas
Title of paper Experiencing the pharmacy curriculum: Results of an observational study
Conference name Focus on the Future: Research and Education for a Healthier Community
Conference location Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Conference dates 6-9 December 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association Annual Conference 2010
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 101
Total pages 177
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Objective. Little is known about how the curriculum is experienced by pharmacy students. The aim of this study was to explore the student experience of pharmacy curriculum through participant observation. Methods. An observational study was conducted where all of the lectures, tutorials and practical classes were attended for one week in each year group. Field notes were collected on student activities, the content and notes from student discussions. A reflective journal was kept during the study. The interpretive analysis of the data was framed by the domains:knowing, acting and being. Results. The main instructional method used, for all years, was lectures. These had an emphasis on the provision of theoretical knowledge. The tutorials tended to occur in the practice-based subjects and mainly involved problem- solving exercises rather than acting as pharmacists. The laboratory-based classes were performed in a stepwise manner. Within each year group, there was limited horizontal integration of subject matter. A number of signposts were given in only a few instances as to how the curricular experiences related to their future roles as pharmacists. Discussion. This study indicates that there is an emphasis on the provision of theoretical knowledge. There are limited opportunities for students to act like pharmacists and this may result in them being performative in their approach to learning, thus leaving the students to determine how their curricular experiences will relate to their future as pharmacists. These findings suggest that questions around curricular ideology are worthy of further investigation.
Subjects 330000 Education
111503 Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice
Keyword Curriculum and pedagogy
Clinical Education
Pharmacy education
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Stream 1B: Curriculum

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