#6: New paradigms for physio education

A Squash and a Squeeze as a theoretical lens through which to consider curriculum design.

In this episode Ben and I talk to Sarah Baradell about some of her ideas on new paradigms to consider in physiotherapy education. Ben and I came across Sarah’s work when we independently read her paper, Moving forth: Imagining physiotherapy education differently, and decided that we’d love to have her share some of her thoughts on the podcast.

Sarah’s main research focus is in health professional education. She maintains an interest in threshold concepts but her work has expanded more generally to curriculum that thinks in new ways about professional learning and how to teach those courses, better understands the learning experiences of their students, and pays early consideration to bringing students into the community of practice.

We discuss student identity and a process of becoming, Ways of Thinking and Practicing, and whether or not threshold concepts have any practical implications for the undergraduate curriculum. Sarah’s thinking on curriculum has triggered a desire to help students realise their potential as change agents within the physiotherapy community of practice, and has led to her research explores the experiences of those in physiotherapy education. This episode is also notable for Ben’s deeply insightful comment about the similarities between curriculum design and Julia Donaldson’s A squash and squeeze. This is a meme that needs some attention.

You can still view the planning document, which includes more information and links to additional resources on the topic. Remember that you can join the In Beta Google+ community where we make announcements about future episodes, and you can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or any of the major podcast clients on Android.

Resources

Barradell, S. (2017). Moving forth: Imagining physiotherapy education differently. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 33(6), 439–447.

Barradell, S., Peseta, T. & Barrie, S. (2017). ‘There’s so much to it’: the ways physiotherapy students and recent graduates experience practice. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 23(2):387-406.

Guest on the podcast

Sarah Barradell is a Lecturer and PhD candidate in the Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

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