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Mikkonen, K, Kuivila, H-M, Sjögren, T, et al. Social, health care and rehabilitation educators' competence in professional education—Empirical testing of a model. Health Soc Care Community. 2022; 30: e75– e85. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13414

Social, health care and rehabilitation educator’ competence in professional education : empirical testing of a model

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Author: Mikkonen, Kristina1; Kuivila, Heli-Maria1; Sjögren, Tuulikki2;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Medicine, Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
3Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Department of Caring Science, Åbo Akademi University, Vaasa, Finland
4Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Caring and Ethics, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
5Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
6Degree Programme in Physiotherapy, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland
7Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
8Faculty of Health Sciences, Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition and Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
9Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing Science, Tukru University Hosital, Turku, Finland
10Pedagogical R&D, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland
11Degree Programme in Social Services, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland
12Nursing Research Foundation, Finland
13The Finnish Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care: A Joanna Briggs Institute Affiliated Group, Finland
14WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Helsinki, Finland
15Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
16Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.6 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202201041142
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-01-04
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Abstract

The social and health care educator’s role in educating future professionals need to be stronger emphasised and deserves international recognition. The purpose of this study was to develop and test an empirical model of social and health care educators’ competence in higher and professional education. The presented research employed a cross-sectional study design. Data were collected using HeSoEduCo-instrument from 28 educational institutions in Finland. The model was empirically tested with confirmatory factor analysis through Structural Equation Modelling that applied the Full Imputation Maximum Likelihood estimator. A total of 422 social and health care educators participated in the study. The empirical model of social and health care educators including eight competence areas: leadership and management, collaboration and societal, evidence-based practice, subject and curriculum, mentoring students in professional competence development, student-centred pedagogy, digital collaborative learning, and cultural and linguistic diversity. All of the connections between concepts of the empirical model were found to be statistically significant. There were strong connections between most of the identified competence concepts; however, two weak connections were found, namely, the link between competence in evidence-based practice and competence in subject and curriculum, along with the link between competence in digital collaborative learning and competence in student-centred pedagogy. The presented empirical model can help stakeholders identify which areas of social and health care educators’ curricula should be further developed. The model is also relevant for improving continuous education, allowing educators to assess their competence levels and evaluating educators’ performance at the organisational level.

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Series: Health & social care in the community
ISSN: 0966-0410
ISSN-E: 1365-2524
ISSN-L: 0966-0410
Volume: 30
Issue: 1
Pages: E75 - E85
DOI: 10.1111/hsc.13414
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1111/hsc.13414
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
516 Educational sciences
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Funding: This study was funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland.
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. Health and Social Care in the Community published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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