Exploring How Undergraduate Physiotherapy Students Perceive The Ce As A Role Model
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This section identifies and justifies the methods that were used to explore how undergraduate physiotherapy students perceive the CE as a role model. The selection process, data collection, actions taken to avoid bias and ethical considerations will be explained and consequently increasing the transferability and dependability of the study (Cho and Trent, 2014).
The exploratory nature of the research question requires a phenomenological qualitative approach for data collection and analysis to acquire a rich understanding of the participant’s experiences whilst ensuring a strong focus is made towards the research question. Phenomenology is the study of subjective experiences, in which the experience is made sense of and knowledge is gained about a person’s views instead of trying to explain them making sense of the experience (Smith, 2004).
A focus group or interviews could have been used to approach the research question, both endeavouring to understand themes of the participant’s perspectives of the CE and interpreting the meaning of the phenomena (Brinkmann and Kvale, 2015). To reach data saturation of the study six or more interviews would be needed. To triangulate the data both interviews and focus groups would be used, however the time restraints of the study do not allow this. Participants can find it intimidating to be interviewed one on one, affecting their responses and therefore the validity and reliability of the study (Golafshani,