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Authentic alignment : toward an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) informed model of the learning environment in health professions education

Kirkness, Karen

Authors

Karen Kirkness



Contributors

Gabrielle Finn
Supervisor

Abstract

It is well established that the goals of education can only be achieved through the constructive alignment of instruction, learning and assessment. There is a gap in research interpreting the lived experiences of stakeholders within the UK learning environment toward understanding the real impact – authenticity – of curricular
alignment. This investigation uses a critical realist framework to explore the emergent quality of authenticity as a function of alignment.
This project deals broadly with alignment of anatomy pedagogy within UK undergraduate medical education. The thread of alignment is woven through four aims: 1) to understand the alignment of anatomy within the medical curriculum via the relationships of its stakeholders; 2) to explore the apparent complexity of the learning environment (LE); 3) to generate a critical evaluation of the methodology, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis as an approach appropriate for realist research in the complex fields of medical and health professions education; 4) to propose a functional, authentic model of the learning environment.
Findings indicate that the complexity and uncertainty inherent in the LE can be reflected in spatiotemporal models. Findings meet the thesis aims, suggesting: 1) the alignment of anatomy within the medical curriculum is complex and forms a multiplicity of perspectives; 2) this complexity is ripe for phenomenological exploration; 3) IPA is particularly suitable for realist research exploring complexity in HPE; 4) Authentic Alignment theory offers a spatiotemporal model of the complex HPE learning environment:
the T-icosa.

Citation

Kirkness, K. (2023). Authentic alignment : toward an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) informed model of the learning environment in health professions education. (Thesis). University of Hull and University of York. Retrieved from https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/4407885

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Oct 5, 2023
Publicly Available Date Oct 5, 2023
Keywords Medical sciences
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/4407885
Additional Information Hull York Medical School
University of Hull and University of York
Award Date Mar 1, 2023

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