Radiography students’ perceptions of the attributes required for clinical educators

Ahtiya Ismail, Lynne Hazell, Fatima Bhyat

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Introduction: A clinical educator (CE) is responsible for the clinical training and supervising of students to acquire skills and knowledge during Work Integrated Learning (WIL). The CE can have a positive or negative influence on students depending on their clinical and interpersonal attributes. The purpose of this qualitative exploratory-descriptive and contextual study was to explore and describe students' perceptions regarding the attributes of their CEs upon the successful implementation of the degree programme at the HEI. Methods: Eighteen radiography students studying at the HEI in South Africa, from 4 disciplines namely, diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine technology, diagnostic ultrasound and radiation therapy participated in the study. The data collection tool was unstructured interviews. Data was collected through in depth in-person and online interviews and was analysed using thematic analysis. Results: The study revealed four themes highlighting the students need for CEs who possess personality traits that foster and enhance their performance. These CEs should establish an environment conducive to productive learning for students, encourage learning within the context of workplace-based learning, seamlessly integrate theoretical knowledge into clinical practice and consistently exhibit professional attributes. Conclusion: The findings from the study emphasize how the attributes and personality of CEs can significantly influence students experiential learning (WIL). The presence of a strong moral connection between students and CEs was considered a crucial aspect for successful clinical learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


  • Clinical training
  • Radiography
  • Students
  • Workplace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Imaging


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