A Fieldwork Award: Rewarding Excellence in Practice

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Abstract:

Fieldwork is a substantial and compulsory component of a first-degree programme in occupational therapy. A student must demonstrate competence in fieldwork in order to practise. This vital element of the course receives little recognition. Fieldwork is either marked on a pass/fail basis or included in the degree classification. This is hardly satisfactory because neither student nor prospective employer has a clear indication about competence to practise, other than that the student has attained the minimum level to graduate.

This article seeks to show how the occupational therapy course at Nene-University College in Northampton has addressed the problem. Students are now able to demonstrate excellence in fieldwork with a separate fieldwork award in addition to the normal degree classification.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 1998

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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