Elevating student understanding: Irish occupational therapy students’ experience of a service learning project

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dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Karen
dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Marian
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-19T05:25:51Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-19T05:25:51Z
dc.date.issued 2019-06-02
dc.identifier.citation McCarthy, K. and McCarthy, M. (2019) Elevating Student Understanding: Irish Occupational Therapy Students’ Experience of a Service Learning Project. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 3(3), 3. (26 pp.) doi: 10.26681/jote.2019.030303 en
dc.identifier.volume 3 en
dc.identifier.issued 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 26 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/9027
dc.identifier.doi 10.26681/jote.2019.030303 en
dc.description.abstract Service learning is a pedagogy that embraces learning in action and addresses community needs. Since the adoption of the Occupational Therapy Competencies in 2008 and the launch of national occupational therapist registration in Ireland in 2015, there has been limited research on the effectiveness of service learning pedagogies in Irish higher education for meeting core competencies. The majority of research focusing on evaluating service learning have been North American studies which brings to question the relevance of these service learning outcomes beyond North America and specifically Ireland. This qualitative study examined 11 occupational therapy students’ journal reflections, portfolio entries, and focus group discussions to illuminate their experience of participating in a peer coaching program called Elevate at a major Irish university. Results indicated the experience of working with a “buddy” allowed them to apply skills learned in the classroom to the “real world”, navigate between personal and professional boundaries, and struggle with “taking a step back” to empower the client. Students reported the experience helped them to prepare for future practice and increased their confidence going into clinical placement. Professional programs might consider service learning as a signature pedagogy, providing scaffolding between in-class activities and clinical placements and elevating student levels of understanding. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Eastern Kentucky University en
dc.relation.uri https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol3/iss3/3/
dc.rights © The Author(s) 2019. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Experiential learning en
dc.subject Action research en
dc.subject Qualitative en
dc.subject Occupational therapy en
dc.title Elevating student understanding: Irish occupational therapy students’ experience of a service learning project en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Marian McCarthy, Vice President for Teaching and Learning, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: mmccarthy@education.ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Occupational Therapy Education en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress mmccarthy@education.ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 3 en
dc.identifier.eissn 2573-1378


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