Enhancing clinical learning in the workplace: a qualitative study

Magnier, K., Wang, R., Dale, V. H. M., Murphy, R., Hammond, R. A., Mossop, L., Freeman, S. L., Anderson, C. and Pead, M. J. (2011) Enhancing clinical learning in the workplace: a qualitative study. Veterinary Record, 169(26), p. 682. (doi: 10.1136/vr.100297)

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Abstract

Workplace learning (WPL) is seen as an essential component of clinical veterinary education by the veterinary profession. This study sought to understand this type of learning experience more deeply. This was done utilising observations of students on intramural rotations (IMR) and interviews with students and clinical staff. WPL was seen as an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and develop clinical and professional skills in what is generally regarded as a safe, authentic environment. Clinical staff had clear ideas of what they expected from students in terms of interest, engagement, professionalism, and active participation, where this was appropriate. In contrast, students often did not know what to expect and sometimes felt under-prepared when entering the workplace, particularly in a new species area. With the support of staff acting as mentors, students learned to identify gaps in their knowledge and skills, which could then be addressed during specific IMR work placements. Findings such as these illustrate both the complexities of WPL and the diversity of different workplace settings encountered by the students.

Item Type:Articles (Other)
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dale, Dr Vicki
Authors: Magnier, K., Wang, R., Dale, V. H. M., Murphy, R., Hammond, R. A., Mossop, L., Freeman, S. L., Anderson, C., and Pead, M. J.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
Journal Name:Veterinary Record
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
ISSN:0042-4900
ISSN (Online):2042-7670
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 The Authors
First Published:First published in Veterinary Record 169(26):682
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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