Challenges and Responsibilities of Clinical Teachers in the Workplace: An Ethnographic Approach

Magnier, K M and Wang, R and Dale, V H M and Pead, M J (2014) Challenges and Responsibilities of Clinical Teachers in the Workplace: An Ethnographic Approach. JOURNAL OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EDUCATION, 41 (2). pp. 155-61.

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Abstract

This study aimed to explore the complex role of the clinical teacher in the workplace, with a view to identifying effective teaching practices. An ethnographic case-study approach was taken, including participant observations and semi-structured interviews with three participants that were selected from two participating veterinary institutions. The clinical teacher has several responsibilities, such as establishing a rapport with learners and maximizing the use of case-based learning opportunities to provide instruction and support to individual learners in a safe but challenging environment. Associated difficulties include balancing the competing demands of students' learning needs and patients' welfare, as well as maximizing the learning opportunities within available case material. Participants in this study demonstrated a reflective approach, adjusting their teaching approach “in action” and “on action” as appropriate.

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