Exploring the learning process on a role-emerging practice placement: a qualitative study

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Two second-year occupational therapy students undertook a role-emerging placement (REP) – their third of four professional practice placements – at a therapeutic community with no on-site occupational therapy service. A qualitative study exploring the nature of the learning on this REP shows how deep learning took place and how this enabled the students to gain a strong sense of their own developing professional knowledge and skills. This report also highlights that the students' specific occupational therapy input made a unique contribution to the community's work, a view validated by the therapeutic community's own staff.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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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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