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Research Article  |   September 1994
The Successful Fieldwork Student: Supervisor Perceptions
Author Affiliations
  • Georgiana L. Herzberg, MA, OTR, is Senior Lecturer, Wayne State University, College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, Department of Occupational Therapy, Detroit, Michigan 48202
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Education of OTs and OTAs / Education
Research Article   |   September 1994
The Successful Fieldwork Student: Supervisor Perceptions
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1994, Vol. 48, 817-823. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.9.817
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1994, Vol. 48, 817-823. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.9.817
Abstract

Qualitative research methodology was used to explore supervisor perceptions of learning style characteristics required for student success in fieldwork. A focus discussion group was used to elicil success themes identified by clinicians. These themes were compared to learning style themes previously identified in quantitative studies. Techniques of conversation analysis were used to assess congruence of verbalized themes with participant interactions during the discussion group. Themes that emerged were the importance of teamwork, active experimentation, flexibility, adaptability, and doing. Discussion participants actively modeled teamwork.