Public and private blogging during placements: perspectives of occupational therapy students

Wiid, Carina and McCormack, Cathy and Warren, Alison and Buckley, Sherrie and Cahill, Mairead (2013) Public and private blogging during placements: perspectives of occupational therapy students. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 20 (2). pp. 79-85. ISSN 17411645

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Abstract

Background: Occupational therapy students complete practice education placements as part of their degree programmes. Sufficient support during these placements is vital since the transition from the classroom to clinical practice can present many challenges. Ensuring support can be difficult, given that these placements occur across a wide geographical area. Blogs were identified as a possible innovative way of providing distance support and a study was undertaken to examine the usefulness of this tool in occupational therapy practice education. Methods: A descriptive investigation of a private blog at Trinity College, University of Dublin, and a public blog at the University of Limerick was conducted during one practice education placement. An online survey was used to capture quantitative and qualitative data on the students' experience of blogging during practice education. Findings: Blogging was not found to be a useful tool for developing reflection or clinical reasoning skills by this student sample, but was found to be beneficial for peer support and learning. Conclusions: The research indicates the potential of using blogging as a tool for peer support and learning. Further research on its application and the use of other social media in healthcare education is required. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation is the property of MA Healthcare Limited 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: Wiid, Carina 1; Email Address: carinawiid@gmail.com Mccormack, Cathy 2 Warren, Alison 3 Buckley, Sherrie 4 Cahill, Mairead 5; Affiliation: 1: Occupational Therapist, Acute Care, Our Lady¿s Hospital, Navan, County Meath, Republic of Ireland 2: Practice Education Coordinator, Discipline of Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Republic of Ireland 3: Regional Placement Facilitator, Limerick University Republic of Ireland 4: Occupational Therapy Manager, St Patrick¿s University Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland 5: Practice Education Coordinator in Occupational Therapy, Department of Clinical Therapies, University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland; Source Info: Feb2013, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p79; Subject Term: CRITICAL thinking; Subject Term: EDUCATIONAL technology; Subject Term: EXPERIENCE; Subject Term: HEALTH occupations students; Subject Term: INTERNSHIP programs; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Methodology; Subject Term: OCCUPATIONAL therapists; Subject Term: QUESTIONNAIRES; Subject Term: REFLECTION (Philosophy); Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Finance; Subject Term: SAMPLING (Statistics); Subject Term: STUDENTS; Subject Term: SURVEYS; Subject Term: BLOGS; Subject Term: DATA analysis -- Software; Subject Term: DESCRIPTIVE statistics; Subject Term: IRELAND; Author-Supplied Keyword: allied health occupations; Author-Supplied Keyword: distance learning; Author-Supplied Keyword: educational technology; Author-Supplied Keyword: online support; NAICS/Industry Codes: 621340 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541910 Marketing Research and Public Opinion Polling; NAICS/Industry Codes: 519130 Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals; Number of Pages: 7p; Illustrations: 4 Charts, 2 Graphs; Document Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CRITICAL thinking; EDUCATIONAL technology; EXPERIENCE; HEALTH occupations students; INTERNSHIP programs; RESEARCH -- Methodology; OCCUPATIONAL therapists; QUESTIONNAIRES; REFLECTION (Philosophy); RESEARCH -- Finance; SAMPLING (Statistics); STUDENTS; SURVEYS; BLOGS; DATA analysis -- Software; DESCRIPTIVE statistics; IRELAND; allied health occupations; distance learning; online support
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2015 18:13
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2015 18:23
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3861

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