Paramedic transition into an academic role in universities: A demographic and qualification survey of paramedic academics in Australia and New Zealand

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/620962
Title:
Paramedic transition into an academic role in universities: A demographic and qualification survey of paramedic academics in Australia and New Zealand
Authors:
Munro, Graham; O'Meara, Peter; Kenny, Amanda
Affiliation:
La Trobe University
Citation:
Munro, G., O'Meara, P., & Kenny, A. (2016). Paramedic Transition into an Academic Role in Universities: A Demographic and Qualification Survey of Paramedic Academics in Australia and New Zealand. Irish Journal of Paramedicine, 1(2). Retrieved from http://irishparamedicine.com/index.php/ijp/article/view/17
Publisher:
Irish College of Paramedics
Journal:
Irish Journal of Paramedicine
Issue Date:
29-Nov-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/620962
Additional Links:
http://irishparamedicine.com/index.php/ijp/article/view/17
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Objectives To identify the demographic and qualification characteristics of paramedic academics holding teaching and research positions at universities in Australia and New Zealand offering entry-level undergraduate or postgraduate degree programs in paramedicine. Methods A 17 item online normative internet survey was used to obtain demographic and qualification characteristics about the target group. The survey was divided into five categories: demographic data, professional qualifications, educational qualifications, learning and teaching experience, and level of academic skills. Data were collected over a two-month period in 2013 and then collated and reported utilising the capabilities of the Survey Monkey program. Results Of the estimated 66 eligible participants, 30 responded to the survey, 70% were male, the average age when entering academia was 43 years, and the average age when initially entering paramedicine was 23 years. Two-thirds completed their paramedic training in Australia and New Zealand, with the other third training in the UK, US, or Canada. There was a wide-range of levels of training and qualification reported with three having a PhD on entering academia, while most had little to no experience in research, academic writing, and publication. Conclusions Issues of the transference of cultural and professional capital from one community of practice (CoP) into another, the variance in the levels of academic qualifications amongst paramedics when entering academia, and the resources needed to mentor and educate a large majority of these new academics pose significant challenges to new academics and the universities employing them.
Keywords:
PARAMEDICS; PREHOSPITAL EMERGENCY CARE; EDUCATION; UNIVERSITY
Series/Report no.:
1; 2

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMunro, Grahamen
dc.contributor.authorO'Meara, Peteren
dc.contributor.authorKenny, Amandaen
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-01T09:46:53Z-
dc.date.available2016-12-01T09:46:53Z-
dc.date.issued2016-11-29-
dc.identifier.citationMunro, G., O'Meara, P., & Kenny, A. (2016). Paramedic Transition into an Academic Role in Universities: A Demographic and Qualification Survey of Paramedic Academics in Australia and New Zealand. Irish Journal of Paramedicine, 1(2). Retrieved from http://irishparamedicine.com/index.php/ijp/article/view/17en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/620962-
dc.descriptionObjectives To identify the demographic and qualification characteristics of paramedic academics holding teaching and research positions at universities in Australia and New Zealand offering entry-level undergraduate or postgraduate degree programs in paramedicine. Methods A 17 item online normative internet survey was used to obtain demographic and qualification characteristics about the target group. The survey was divided into five categories: demographic data, professional qualifications, educational qualifications, learning and teaching experience, and level of academic skills. Data were collected over a two-month period in 2013 and then collated and reported utilising the capabilities of the Survey Monkey program. Results Of the estimated 66 eligible participants, 30 responded to the survey, 70% were male, the average age when entering academia was 43 years, and the average age when initially entering paramedicine was 23 years. Two-thirds completed their paramedic training in Australia and New Zealand, with the other third training in the UK, US, or Canada. There was a wide-range of levels of training and qualification reported with three having a PhD on entering academia, while most had little to no experience in research, academic writing, and publication. Conclusions Issues of the transference of cultural and professional capital from one community of practice (CoP) into another, the variance in the levels of academic qualifications amongst paramedics when entering academia, and the resources needed to mentor and educate a large majority of these new academics pose significant challenges to new academics and the universities employing them.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish College of Paramedicsen
dc.relation.ispartofseries1en
dc.relation.ispartofseries2en
dc.relation.urlhttp://irishparamedicine.com/index.php/ijp/article/view/17en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/*
dc.subjectPARAMEDICSen
dc.subjectPREHOSPITAL EMERGENCY CAREen
dc.subjectEDUCATIONen
dc.subjectUNIVERSITYen
dc.titleParamedic transition into an academic role in universities: A demographic and qualification survey of paramedic academics in Australia and New Zealanden
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentLa Trobe Universityen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Journal of Paramedicineen
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