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I'm curious to get everyone's opinions on this topic of teaching research literacy and critical thinking skills in massage schools as a required class for graduation. I'm not talking about making a mandate that all schools have to follow, but just if some schools adopted a class on this topic.
Is that something you think people are interested in? Would you have wanted to learn about research literacy in school and about the research going on in our field? If so, would you just want to skim it- maybe 10 hours of class time on this? Or would you want to go more in debth- maybe 20, or 30+ hours on it? If yes, why? If no, why not?
And I guess I should define research literacy so we're all on the same page..for this question, I'll define it as knowing where to go to look for research, how to read and understand it, and be able to distinguish the good from the bad.
I'm just wondering what other people's thoughts/feelings on this are. Thanks for any feedback, good, bad, or otherwise :)
Great question Kim and I think you probably know my answer. Julie's observations are EXACTLY why research literacy needs to be part of massage education. These findings determine our practice, but if we can't figure them out, where does that leave us? And of course the fact that an article gets into print doesn't always mean that it's high-quality research (another of Julie's observations)-- we need the tools to be discerning consumers of information.
Thanks for bringing this up, and for all of you interested in the topic we'll hope to see you in Seattle in May for the Highlighting Massage Therapy in CIM Research meeting!