Pharmacy educators' intention for the curriculum : an Australian pilot study

Noble, Christy, Coombes, Ian, Nissen, Lisa, Shaw, Nicholas, & Clavarino, Alexandra (2014) Pharmacy educators' intention for the curriculum : an Australian pilot study. Pharmacy Education, 14(1), pp. 51-57.

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Background: Pharmacy educators play an important role in supporting the professional identity formation of students, particularly in relation to their perceptions and strategies for the curriculum and subsequent learning experiences.

Aim: To explore pharmacy educators’ perceptions of the purpose of the pharmacy curriculum and how they contribute to students’ development as pharmacists.

Methods: A one-off survey using a 20-item questionnaire distributed to all pharmacy educators at a single school of pharmacy who contributed to an Australian undergraduate pharmacy degree program.

Results: Most educators viewed the curriculum and their role from a traditional perspective. The educators felt the key purpose of the curriculum was to develop competent pharmacists by providing students with knowledge and skills. There was a limited emphasis on patient-centredness.

Conclusion: Whilst educators were focused on developing competent pharmacists through the provision of knowledge and skills, important learning opportunities supporting identity formation may be missed.

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ID Code: 77714
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: curriculum, professional identity formation, pharmacy academics, undergraduate pharmacy education, Australia, HERN
ISSN: 1477-2701
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500) > Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (111502)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: © 2014 FIP
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2014 23:29
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 00:35

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