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dc.contributor.authorMichelson, Hayley Charmaine
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-06T23:34:03Z
dc.date.available2011-12-06T23:34:03Z
dc.date.issued2011en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10652/1750
dc.description.abstractIntroduction Osteopathy is practised and taught in approximately 50 countries around the world. Anecdotally, there is evidence of a wide variety in the regulation and accreditation of osteopathic education. However, there is little formal research exploring the comparison of osteopathic education programmes in different countries. This research attempts to present a method by which osteopathic programmes may be compared in order to develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing the education and practice of osteopathy today. Aim The objective of this research is to identify and compare the perspectives on quality assurance (QA) methods of a Key Informant and students at three osteopathic programmes in two countries. Furthermore, this research aims to analyse the comparability of the Key Informant and student perspectives at each osteopathic programme, and the intranational and international comparability of the themes identified by the research. Method This qualitative pilot study used an interpretive description methodological research design to identify and compare perspectives on QA methods through an interview and focus group at three osteopathic programmes. An inductive thematic analysis was conducted for the interpretation of the data. Results Several common themes were identified through the comparison of the data. These included the action of QA methods, students, faculty, regulatory authorities and academia, the role of allopathic medicine, the end-goal versus the student experience, and finance and administration. Many perspectives of the themes identified were comparable; however, there existed significant differences between the three osteopathic programmes which assisted in the development in a deeper understanding of the issues facing osteopathic education and the profession. Conclusion The method presented in this research for the comparison of osteopathic programmes in different countries is of value in establishing themes and issues pertinent to the wider osteopathic community. The limited scope of this research presents opportunities for further comparative research of osteopathic education.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.subjectosteopathic educationen_NZ
dc.subjectquality assuranceen_NZ
dc.subjectinternational comparisonen_NZ
dc.titlePerspectives on quality assurance methods – A comparison of osteopathic programmes in two countries: A pilot studyen_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Osteopathyen_NZ
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classifieden_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationMichelson, H. C. (2011). Perspectives on quality assurance methods – A comparison of osteopathic programmes in two countries: A pilot study. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Osteopathy). Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10652/1750en
unitec.pages153en_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.placeAuckland, New Zealanden_NZ
unitec.advisor.principalStanden, Clive


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