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Fieldwork education is an essential component of occupational therapy education. The level of competency and preparedness of fieldwork educators may vary substantially and may significantly impact student learning outcomes. The availability of an evidence-based comprehensive fieldwork model to guide the fieldwork educator, clarify issues related to teaching-learning, and provide insightful solutions to issues the educator may encounter, is warranted but is not currently available. The intentional fieldwork education model, introduced in this article, was developed to provide a framework to enhance fieldwork educator competency, self-efficacy, and student learning outcomes. In addition, the model emphasizes the significance of intentionality in the fieldwork education process and provides educators with evidence and information to promote the process of intentional education throughout the learning continuum. The article will describe the tenets of the intentional fieldwork education model, research results supporting the need and perceived utility of the model, and promote its application among clinical and academic educators.
E. Joy Crawford, OTD, OTR/L has been practicing occupational therapy for over 25 years and currently serves as assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and is contributing faculty at the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences. She earned a doctoral degree from the University of St. Augustine and a Master’s degree from the Medical University of S.C.
Nadine Hanner, OTD, OTR/L has been practicing occupational therapy for over 20 years and currently serves as the OTA Program Director at Trident Technical College and is contributing faculty at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She earned a doctoral degree from the University of St. Augustine and a Master’s degree from Belmont University.
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Crawford, E. J., & Hanner, N. (2022). The Intentional Fieldwork Education Model: Guiding Fieldwork Educators Toward Intentionality and Competency to Enhance Student Learning. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 6 (1). https://doi.org/10.26681/jote.2022.060115
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