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Developing Student Autonomy in Education: the Independent Option

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The article focuses upon the 'Independent Option', introduced into the third-year occupational therapy student programme at Sheffield Hallam University in 1996. The option aims to develop autonomous learning and reflective practice within an explicit theoretical framework. A portfolio of work compiled by each student is submitted for assessment.

One student's experience (of facilitating the health education of clients in an acute psychiatric day hospital) is explored, by examining reflective processes and the development of student autonomy. This is evaluated against set objectives agreed prior to commencing the option. Theoretical perspectives in respect of student-centred teaching, principles of adult learning and reflective practice are discussed against a backdrop of client-centred therapy.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 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 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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