Collaborative Fieldwork Supervision Model Supports Identified by Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Educators
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Within the occupational therapy (OT) profession, the collaborative fieldwork supervision model is considered a non-traditional approach to fieldwork education. Although supportive strategies for fieldwork education have been developed, there is little data to validate fieldwork educators' perspectives on the value and helpfulness of these supports for this model. Using a mixed-methods research design, this study aimed to identify what supports influenced fieldwork educators to use the collaborative fieldwork supervision model, what supports are valued when implementing it, and what supports would be considered helpful for those who have not used it. A total of 382 fieldwork educators completed the study, with 113 who identified as model users and 269 who identified as model non-users. Four themes emerged from model users that influenced their decision to use the model: support from 1) fieldwork site context, 2) academic program, 3) student engagement, and 4) professional resources. Based on the study results, a four-part approach is recommended for educational programs to support the initiation and use of the collaborative fieldwork supervision model.
Oaklee Rogers, PhD, OTR/L is the Assistant Dean for the College of Health and Human Services at Northern Arizona University.
Debra Hanson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is a Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Mary.
Cherie Graves, PhD, OTR/L is the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of North Dakota.
Tamara Turner, EdD, OTR/L is the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Midwestern University.
Marilyn G. Klug, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at the University of North Dakota.
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Rogers, O., Hanson, D. J., Graves, C., Turner, T., & Klug, M. G. (2023). Collaborative Fieldwork Supervision Model Supports Identified by Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Educators. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 7 (2). Retrieved from https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol7/iss2/15
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