Into the uncanny valley:simulation versus simulacrum?

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In this article, we introduce a key concept from postmodern theory - that of the simulacrum - and explore its relevance for healthcare professions education (HPE). Specifically, we apply this lens to the contemporary trend for simulation in pedagogic and assessment practice. In distinguishing postmodernity from other conceptual frameworks available to educational researchers, we use it to both sound a cautionary note regarding the progression of simulation-based education, and to suggest future directions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical Education
Early online date20 Apr 2020
Publication statusEarly online date - 20 Apr 2020

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