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Investigating the Learning Experiences of Student Physiotherapists with Visual Impairments: an Exploratory Study

Frank, Helen, McLinden, M. and Douglas, G. (2014) Investigating the Learning Experiences of Student Physiotherapists with Visual Impairments: an Exploratory Study. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 32 (3). pp. 223-235. ISSN Print: 0264-6196 Online: 1744-5809

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This article discusses the exploratory phase of a study to understand the learning experiences of physiotherapy students with visual impairments (VI) in higher education (HE). The purpose of the study was (1) to explore semi-structured interview as a data collection method for this population, (2) to identify barriers and enablers to learning physiotherapy for students with VI, and (3) to identify individual strategies for tackling barriers in physiotherapy education. Three purposively sampled participants consented to be interviewed; two were recent physiotherapy graduates and one was a current physiotherapy student. The findings identified that physiotherapy students experienced similar barriers and enablers to learning that students with disabilities experience in HE, and that they had developed similar and specific strategies to enable learning in physiotherapy. Staff behaviours, resources, and the time and effort of being a visually impaired student were identified as the main barriers. Staff behaviours and resources were also identified as enablers to learning physiotherapy. Specific physiotherapy and VI-related barriers were identified that will be explored further in the main phase of data collection and will be disseminated through future publications.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: barriers, enablers, higher education, physiotherapy, visual impairment
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Helen Frank
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2019 06:56
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 12:54

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