Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Calvin Smith


Phone: 07 3365 5480

Organisational unit: Office of Medical Education

‘Clinical education’ is a concept that encompasses a broad range of teaching practices and learning experiences. The clinical environment is one educational context in which clinical educators teach, but there are others too – e.g., small group tutorials, lectures, on-line teaching. These activities, and associated student experiences, constitute the enterprise of medical teaching. Clinicians who teach are therefore central to the enterprise of medical education, yet we know little about their patterns of engagement in continuous professional learning about teaching and learning practice, nor what motivates them to engage in learning more about the theories and practices that research shows enhance student learning. The theory of planned behaviour is a theoretical framework of general applicability across a range of disparate domains. In this project, the candidate will apply the theory of planned behaviour on a large sample of clinical educators, in order to elaborate answers to these questions.