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Contemporary practice education: exploring student perceptions of an industrial radiography placement for final year diagnostic radiography students.

Wareing, A.K.; Henderson, I.

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A.K. Wareing

I. Henderson



Abstract

Introduction: There is a paucity of evidence in diagnostic radiography evaluating a career path into industrial imaging despite several higher education institutes stating this route as a career option on graduation. The link between a career in industrial radiography and diagnostic routes is unknown although there are anecdotal examples of individuals transferring between the two. Successfully obtaining a first post job following graduation in diagnostic radiography can be challenging in the current financial climate. A partnership was formed with an energy sector company that offered non-destructive testing/non-destructive evaluation (NDT/NDE) employing industrial radiographic technicians. Method: As an initial pilot, 5 (. n = 5) final year diagnostic radiography students visited an industrial radiography site and underwent theoretical and practical training. Following this placement they engaged in a focus group and the student perceptions/responses were explored and recorded. Results: Common themes were identified and categorised via a thematic analysis. These were; radiation safety, physics and technology, widening access, graduate attributes/transferable skill sets and working conditions. Conclusion: Student discussion focussed around the benefits of working conditions in healthcare, the value of technology, safety and physics education in alternative placements and the transferability of skills into other/industrial sectors (e.g. NDT/NDE). Contemporary practice placements are a useful pedagogical approach to develop complex conceptual theoretical constructs, such as radiation physics. An in depth evaluation between the two industries skill sets is postulated. Additionally, this could offer alternative/emerging roles to interested diagnostic radiographers potentially meeting the skill shortage in industrial radiography.

Citation

WAREING, A.K. and HENDERSON, I. 2015. Contemporary practice education: exploring student perceptions of an industrial radiography placement for final year diagnostic radiography students. Radiography [online], 21(2), pages 176-180. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2014.10.008

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 25, 2014
Online Publication Date Nov 20, 2014
Publication Date May 31, 2015
Deposit Date Sep 12, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 12, 2016
Journal Radiography
Print ISSN 1078-8174
Electronic ISSN 1532-2831
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 2
Pages 176-180
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2014.10.008
Keywords Practice education; Industrial radiography; NDT; NDE; Physics
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1654

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