Learning experiences on role-emerging placements: An exploration from the students' perspective

Dancza, Karina and Warren, Alison and Copley, Jodie and Rodger, Sylvia and Moran, Monica and McKay, Elizabeth and Taylor, Ann (2013) Learning experiences on role-emerging placements: An exploration from the students' perspective. pp. 427-435. ISSN 00450766

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Background/aim Occupational therapy educators are challenged to provide students with practical experiences which prepare them for ever changing health-care contexts on graduation. Role-emerging placements have been widely used internationally to help meet this challenge, but research into the learning experiences of students during these innovative placements is limited. This research investigated the enablers and barriers to learning from the perspectives of students on such placements from two European universities. Methods Two separate qualitative studies tracked 10 final year students. Interviews explored their learning experiences prior to, during and after an eight- or 10-week role-emerging placement in a range of settings. Results Four themes emerged, which were (1) adapting to less doing, more thinking and planning; (2) understanding the complexity of collaboration and making it work; (3) emotional extremes; and (4) realising and using the occupational therapy perspective. Conclusions These placements presented a 'roller coaster' of authentic learning experiences which created the opportunity for students to use occupation in practice and develop skills for collaborative working in an interprofessional environment. Whereas students viewed their role-emerging placement experiences positively, challenges included the emotional responses of students and placement pace. Findings suggest the need for supportive student placement experiences in both established and role-emerging areas to prepare students for a range of opportunities in an uncertain future. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Australian Occupational Therapy Journal is the property of Wiley-Blackwell and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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Additional Information: Dancza, Karina 1 Warren, Alison 2 Copley, Jodie 3 Rodger, Sylvia 3 Moran, Monica 4 McKay, Elizabeth 5 Taylor, Ann 2; Affiliation: 1: Department of Allied Health Professions, Faculty of Health and Social Care Canterbury Christ Church University 2: Department of Clinical Therapies, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences University of Limerick 3: Division of Occupational Therapy School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences The University of Queensland 4: Occupational Therapy, School of Health Human and Social Sciences Central Queensland University 5: Division of Occupational Therapy School of Health Sciences and Social Care Brunel University; Source Info: Dec2013, Vol. 60 Issue 6, p427; Subject Term: ELEMENTARY schools; Subject Term: EXPERIENCE; Subject Term: FIELDWORK (Educational method); Subject Term: HEALTH occupations students; Subject Term: HIGH schools; Subject Term: INTERNSHIP programs; Subject Term: INTERPROFESSIONAL relations; Subject Term: INTERVIEWING; Subject Term: LEARNING; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Methodology; Subject Term: OCCUPATIONAL therapists; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Finance; Subject Term: STUDENTS; Subject Term: QUALITATIVE research; Subject Term: JUDGMENT sampling; Subject Term: THEMATIC analysis; Subject Term: IRELAND; Subject Term: ENGLAND; Author-Supplied Keyword: fieldwork; Author-Supplied Keyword: professional education; Author-Supplied Keyword: student learning; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611110 Elementary and Secondary Schools; NAICS/Industry Codes: 621340 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists; Number of Pages: 9p; Document Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ELEMENTARY schools; EXPERIENCE; FIELDWORK (Educational method); HEALTH occupations students; HIGH schools; INTERNSHIP programs; INTERPROFESSIONAL relations; INTERVIEWING; LEARNING; RESEARCH -- Methodology; OCCUPATIONAL therapists; RESEARCH -- Finance; STUDENTS; QUALITATIVE research; JUDGMENT sampling; THEMATIC analysis; IRELAND; ENGLAND; fieldwork; professional education; student learning
Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 02:36
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2146

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