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The American Occupational Therapy Association’s Fieldwork Performance Evaluation plays a vital role in occupational therapy education by guiding students and fieldwork educators in determining students' entry-level competence. This evaluation tool dates to 1953 and has undergone numerous revisions as the profession evolved and changes were made to the practice framework. Revisions have included changes to the stated purpose of the evaluation tool, items to be scored, scoring scale, and number of items on the tool. The purpose of this study was to survey Academic Fieldwork Coordinators (AFWCs) to examine their perceptions of the 2020 revision of the evaluation. We surveyed 68 AFWCs in occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant programs. The majority had positive perceptions of the changes to the tool. The American Occupational Therapy Association, academic programs, and fieldwork sites should consider the findings of this study to help ensure effective and accurate evaluation of future students.


Todd Sanders, MOT, OTR/L is an assistant professor of occupational therapy and the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Arkansas State University. He earned his Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2014.

Amanda M. Carpenter, PhD is the Public Health undergraduate program director and assistant professor of public health at Arkansas State University. She earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her research is focused on rural health, behavioral health, and substance use prevention.

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