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Title: The underrepresentation of Asian students on nursing, radiography and physiotherapy courses : issues for improving recruitment within higher education
Author: Darr, Aliya
ISNI:       0000 0004 2745 7393
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 2001
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Explanations hitherto forwarded for the underrepresentation of Asian people in health care professions such as nursing, have placed undue emphasis upon cultural factors as the main barrier affecting recruitment. In particular, the physical aspects of caring, the requirement to work irregular hours and the unsuitability of the uniform are thought to deter Asian young people from considering careers in nursing. These views are based largely on anecdotal evidence; there has been little attempt to examine how attitudes of Asian people towards nursing and other health care professions are mediated by factors such as gender, generation, ethnicity, religion and class background. In addition, there has been a failure to examine how wider structural factors, such as careers guidance and institutional recruitment strategies, affect career choices of Asian people. This study examines perceptions of nursing, radiography and physiotherapy amongst a cross-section of Asian young people and parents in a northern town of England. It also examines careers advice in relation to these careers. The study highlights considerable variations in attitudes towards these three professions along class, gender and religious lines. It shows that Asian students' views towards these professions are not wholly dissimilar to those of their white counterparts. It identifies, however, that Asian students could be further discouraged from considering these health care professions due to limited opportunities for work experience, few Asian role models and low levels of awareness about entry requirements.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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