This article explores the student experience of simulated learning in post-compulsory radiography education. The content is based on the varied experiences of students using both laboratory-based simulation exercises and a virtual reality computer simulation activity by situating these views within a wider understanding of the students’ journey through their undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Much research on the application of technology in pedagogy in post-compulsory education has sought to find ways of measuring the efficacy of such interventions in raising student achievement. This research reveals a diverse range of student experiences in learning with technology. There are potential pedagogical benefits with computer simulation in radiography education; however the research reveals the need for educators and policy-makers to recognise the sheer complexity of radiography practice and the importance of evaluating simulation within a holistic view of the curriculum. The data was gathered via four focus group discussions; one research interview; and reflections that were made about simulated learning within research diaries. The article contributes to new knowledge about the use of simulated learning in post-compulsory medical education.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Research in Post-Compulsory Education|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 8 Mar 2020|
Bibliographical noteDr Clive Hedges is based in the Education Department at Teesside University and teaches research methods on undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Clive is the course leader for the University's Doctorate in Education.
Dr Ewan Ingleby is based in the Education Department at Teesside University and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Ewan is the postgraduate research tutor for the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law.
Dr Philip Cosson is based in the School of Health and Life Sciences at Teesside University and teaches on the University’s radiography degrees. Philip was recognised as the ‘learning technologist of the year’ in 2007 due to his work on computer simulation in education.