Survey of current curriculum practices within Australian postgraduate clinical training programmes: Students' and programme directors' perspectives

Scott, Theresa L., Pachana, Nancy A. and Sofronoff, Kate (2011) Survey of current curriculum practices within Australian postgraduate clinical training programmes: Students' and programme directors' perspectives. Australian Psychologist, 46 2: 77-89. doi:10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00030.x


Author Scott, Theresa L.
Pachana, Nancy A.
Sofronoff, Kate
Title Survey of current curriculum practices within Australian postgraduate clinical training programmes: Students' and programme directors' perspectives
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-0067
Publication date 2011-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00030.x
Volume 46
Issue 2
Start page 77
End page 89
Total pages 13
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract The aim of the study described was to capture student experiences in postgraduate clinical programmes across Australian universities. The data collected from the Directors of clinical programmes was used to further illustrate the training practices and constraints within the current Australian context. The data were collected through two survey instruments and were analysed by deriving themes via Leximancer as well as quantitative content analysis of percentage response to direct questions. The results indicate that while many students are happy with the training received, there are also many areas open to significant improvement both in the teaching and assessment of clinical skills and course content more generally. Students overwhelmingly prefer practical, interactive, and competency-based teaching and assessment to didactic, written and exam-based alternatives that are still used in most programmes. The responses from programme Directors further illustrate the concerns currently faced by clinical staff engaged in training programmes, with insufficient training places available in the community, fewer clients accessing training clinics, and concerns related to adequate supervision and the competency of students exited from programmes. The findings are discussed in light of limitations to the study and suggestions for future research directions.
Keyword Clinical psychology
Curriculum
Leximancer
Profession
Teaching methods
Training
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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