Self-Evaluation and Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Educators: Do they Practise what they Preach?
Authors: Reid, Alistair; McKay, Vincent J
Source: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 64, Number 11, 1 November 2001 , pp. 564-571(8)
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Abstract:In the current climate of lifelong learning and continuing professional development, the importance of self-evaluation is discussed. A cross-sectional survey was carried out to identify the strategies used by fieldwork educators to evaluate their own supervisory skills. It further examined the fieldwork educators' attitude towards, and understanding of, self-evaluation.
One hundred self-administered questionnaires were posted to a random sample of Glasgow Caledonian University fieldwork educators. A response rate of 74.5% was obtained. The respondents claimed to use a wide range of self-evaluation techniques, with the majority using between three and five strategies. While the respondents were found, overall, to view self-evaluation positively, only 55.2% of them appeared to understand this concept fully. Statistical analysis of association indicated that those respondents who understood self-evaluation were more likely to have a positive attitude towards it than those who did not fully understand this concept.
It is recommended that future fieldwork education update courses should focus on informing fieldwork educators about the concept of self-evaluation and reinforcing its benefits. Fieldwork educators should be encouraged to continue to use self-evaluation and be made aware of the advantages of using a variety of strategies.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: November 1, 2001
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.
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