Church, Sarah and Earle, Sarah
Approaches to sociology within midwifery education.
British Journal of Midwifery, 14(6),
The research on which this article is based has been stimulated by debates on whether sociology should be included in the curricula of the allied health professions. This article examines the role of sociology within midwifery education by drawing on a study of 29 providers of pre and post-registration midwifery education in England who participated in a survey conducted by postal questionnaire. Questionnaires explored how sociology
was integrated into the curriculum focusing on course delivery, content and organisation. Overall attitudes to the role of sociology within midwifery education were also examined. Analysis of the questionnaires reveals that sociology teaching is most likely to be delivered by lecturers in midwifery with a special interest in sociology, or related discipline. The role
of sociology within the curriculum is valued although it is
thought that student midwives can find the subject 'difficult' or 'uninteresting'. The research also demonstrates that sociology teaching focuses more on 'social problems', rather than on 'sociological concerns' and that it is most likely to be integrated
within the curriculum rather than delivered as a subject in
its own right.
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