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An investigation into sonography student experiences of simulation teaching and learning in the acquisition of clinical skills

Gibbs, Vivien

Authors

Vivien Gibbs Vivien.Gibbs@uwe.ac.uk
Head of Department of Allied Health Professions



Abstract

©, 2014, SAGE Publications Ltd. All rights reserved. Technological developments are impacting on many aspects of life, including education. One particular area of technology where there is growing interest within higher education institutions (HEIs) offering healthcare training is the use of simulators. The literature shows diverging views on the role of simulated learning in healthcare and further evaluation is needed to explore the quality of learning opportunities that are offered, and their effectiveness in the preparation of students for clinical practice. A qualitative study was undertaken, using interviews to explore the experiences of a group of sonography students after interacting with an ultrasound simulator. Simulation was positively evaluated by students inthis study. The findings confirm that simulated learning enables students to be interactive learners rather than beingpassive recipients of knowledge. Simulated learning provides learning opportunities in a risk free environment, which reduces stress for the student and potential harm to patients. Confidence levels were increased, thereby improving futureclinical scanning experiences for both the student and their patients. Suggestions were made for the more effectiveintegration of simulated learning into the curriculum. Continued research into simulation, teaching and learning practices needs to occur if we are to ensure maximum advantage of the simulation experience.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Ultrasound
Print ISSN 1742-271X
Electronic ISSN 1743-1344
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 3
Pages 173-178
APA6 Citation Gibbs, V. (2014). An investigation into sonography student experiences of simulation teaching and learning in the acquisition of clinical skills. Ultrasound, 22(3), 173-178. https://doi.org/10.1177/1742271X14528491
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1742271X14528491
Keywords diagnostic ultrasound training, ultrasound simulator, sonography education
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1742271X14528491

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