The development of a theory-informed workbook as an additional support for students on role-emerging placements.

Dancza, K., Copley, J., Rodger, S. and Moran, M. (2016) The development of a theory-informed workbook as an additional support for students on role-emerging placements. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. ISSN 0308-0226.

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Abstract

Introduction:
During role-emerging placements students require different support as occupational therapy specific supervision is provided periodically and they cannot model their practice on experienced occupational therapists. This paper describes the development and evaluation of a workbook, designed to reinforce the integration of theory with practice and provide an additional resource to support students as a supervisor was not always present.

Method:
A social constructionist perspective and action research methodology were used. Participants were fourteen final year occupational therapy students and three off-site occupational therapy supervisors. All participants were involved in role-emerging placements in school settings in England. In-depth, semi-structured interviews across four action research cycles informed the development and evaluation of the workbook.

Findings:
While the workbook originally focussed on supplementing students’ knowledge of occupational therapy theory, during the action research cycles the focus shifted to consider how educational theory informed workbook design and content. Key features and critical aspects which supported students’ learning were identified.

Conclusion:
The workbook was received positively by students and supervisors. Aspects which were particularly valued included the provision of examples and scenarios which contextualised theory within the placement setting. The workbook was proposed to have scope for use in placements beyond school-based practice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > RM0695 Physical medicine. Physical therapy > RM0735 Occupational therapy
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Allied Health Professions
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Depositing User: Ms Karina Dancza
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2016 17:22
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2016 19:05
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14261

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