Turnock, C., Moran, P., Scammell, J., Mallik, M. and Mulholland, J., 2005. The preparation of practice educators: an overview of current practice in five healthcare disciplines. Work Based Learning in Primary Care, 3 (3), pp. 218-235.
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This article presents the results of Phase one of a three-year project aiming to enhance the role of practice educators, i.e. practitioners who supervise students on practice placements. This project was funded by the Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning (FDTL) which supports projects aimed at stimulating developments in teaching and learning in higher education that are disseminated across the higher education sector. A review of the literature found no evidence of a common preparation route for practice educators. However, a number of key points emerged in each of these four aspects, which are nature and effectiveness of practice education, interprofessional learning, intercultural issues and role of the practice educator. Questionnaire, focus group and secondary data were used to collect data that informed case studies for five selected disciplines: dietetics, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and radiography. Analysis of these five case studies resulted in recommendations being made for each of the five disciplines. The case studies identified variation in the organisation of practice placements. A need to improve the status of the role of practice educator was a central issue for all five healthcare disciplines. In addition, an increasing demand for quality student placements that are resourced by practice educators means practice educators need effective preparation and support. Six key themes were identified as central to the effectiveness of preparing practitioners for their role as practice educators. The next phase of the project team will involve the development and dissemination of existing innovations that are considered by the project team as being central to the role of the practice educator.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||practice education, preparation of practice educators, student supervision, supporting practice educators, work based learning|
|Subjects:||Social Sciences > Education|
Technology > Medicine and Health
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care|
School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Qualitative Research
|Deposited By:||Ms MJ Bowden|
|Deposited On:||01 Jun 2007|
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