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Australian chiropractic students’ perceptions of education: Validation of a questionnaire

Innes, S.I.ORCID: 0000-0001-7783-8328, Stomski, N., Leboeuf-Yde, C. and Walker, B.F.ORCID: 0000-0002-8506-6740 (2021) Australian chiropractic students’ perceptions of education: Validation of a questionnaire. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 65 (2). pp. 174-185.

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Background: This study aimed to validate a questionnaire to address an absence of a measure to evaluate Australian chiropractic students’ perceptions of the quality of chiropractic programs. Method: Potential relevant questionnaire items were selected from the Australian chiropractic accreditation standards. Chiropractic students rated these items for clarity and relevance, which resulted in a pilot questionnaire of 47 items. Principal components analysis was used to establish the structure of the scales. Finally, intra-class correlation coefficients were used to establish the scales’ test-retest reliability. Results: Thirty-four items were omitted resulting in the retention of 13 items that strongly loaded onto five factors. Internal consistency was adequate. The test-retest reliability ranged from adequate to good for four of the derived factors. The fifth was poor and omitted. Conclusion: A valid questionnaire for assessing Australian chiropractic programs has been developed comprising four scales that enquire about: 1) quality of the educational program; 2) provision of student support services; 3) enablement of independent learning; and 4) adequacy of teaching resources.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education
Publisher: Canadian Chiropractic Association
Copyright: © JCCA 2021
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