Transferability of learning from Computed Tomography simulation into clinical practice: student perspectives

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Simulation has an ever-increasing role in health professions’ education, however there is limited evidence on the transferability of learning to practice. In this study, a pragmatic approach using a convergent mixed methods design explored the use of a virtual high-fidelity Computed Tomography (CT) simulator in preparing students for clinical placement. Specifically, it aimed to describe radiography students’ perceptions of their confidence and ability to transfer their learning from a virtual CT simulator into clinical practice. Radiography students (n = 60) were surveyed on their perceptions of how using the CT simulator (5 hours) prepared them for clinical placement. Four themes emerged from the data analysis: Simulation platform, Teaching and learning activities, Confidence and Transferability. Key findings demonstrated a significant link between the students’ perceptions of their ability to transfer their learning into practice and the CT scanner platform they used on clinical placement. Students who used a CT scanner on placement that was similar to the simulator were more likely to believe their learning was transferable to practice compared with those who did not use a similar scanner on placement. However, confidence gained was not dependent on the scanner used on clinical placement. Discussion on the metacognitive processes linked to these findings are included.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalInteractive Learning Environments
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2022


  • CT
  • education
  • medical imaging
  • simulation
  • transferability

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