Open Access Capstone
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
The purpose of this research project was to compare how the implementation of a learning module, titled The Fieldwork Educator Competency Module altered the perceived level of preparedness of occupational therapy (OT) practitioners related to their role as a fieldwork educator (FWEd) for Level II OT students. A quantitative, pre-experimental, one group pretest-posttest research design was used. All components of the research took place in an online, virtual setting. Participants were OT practitioners who were eligible to be a Level II FWEd. Results indicate a positive change for at least one participant for each question of the survey. The largest number of respondents (62.5%) reported a change in their level of preparedness to self-identify and implement a FWEd professional development plan. Furthermore, 56.25% of respondents identified a change in preparedness with regards to using current supervision models and theories to facilitate student performance and professional behavior, and 50% reported a positive change related to feeling prepared to designing and implementing a fieldwork program in accordance to accreditation standards as well as feeling prepared to identify the legal and healthcare policies that influence fieldwork and supervision guidelines. Outcomes show that the use of the online learning module had a positive impact on the overall level of preparedness of those that participated. This study has implications for the occupational therapy profession specifically regarding best practices that should be used to prepare OT practitioners for the role of FWEd, as well as decreasing the shortage of qualified and prepared FWEds.
Casey Humphrey, OTD, MHA, OTR/L, CBIS, CDRS
Camille Skubik-Peplaski, PhD, OTR/L FAOTA
2020 Breanna J. Chycinski
Chycinski, Breanna, "Fieldwork Educator Preparedness: A Study Examining the Effect of an Online Learning Module on the Perceived Preparedness Levels of Fieldwork Educators" (2020). Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone Projects. 63.
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