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Nurse Educ Today. 2011 Aug;31(6):553-7. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.10.032. Epub 2010 Nov 20.

Teachers' experiences of English-language-taught degree programs within health care sector of Finnish polytechnics.

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  • 1University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, Korpimaa 6 b 11, 02300 Espoo, Finland.


The purpose of this study was to research teachers' experiences of the English-Language-Taught Degree Programs in the health care sector of Finnish polytechnics. More specifically, the focus was on teachers' experiences of teaching methods and clinical practice. The data were collected from eighteen teachers in six polytechnics through focus group interviews. Content analysis was used to analyse the data. The results suggested that despite the positive interaction between students and teachers, choosing appropriate teaching methods provided a challenge for teachers, due to cultural diversity of students as well as to the use of a foreign language in tuition. Due to students' language-related difficulties, clinical practice was found to be the biggest challenge in the educational process. Staffs' attitudes were perceived to be significant for students' clinical experience. Further research using stronger designs is needed.

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