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Research Article  |   January 1993
Level I Fieldwork: Creating a Positive Experience
Author Affiliations
  • Susan Swinehart, MS, OTR, is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Admissions, Indiana University School of Medicine, School of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Occupational Therapy, 1140 West Michigan Street, CF 311, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202–5119
  • Susan K. Meyers, EdD, OTR, is Associate Professor and Director, Occupational Therapy Program, College of Allied Health Sciences, University of Tennessee–Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
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Education of OTs and OTAs / Education
Research Article   |   January 1993
Level I Fieldwork: Creating a Positive Experience
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1993, Vol. 47, 68-73. doi:10.5014/ajot.47.1.68
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1993, Vol. 47, 68-73. doi:10.5014/ajot.47.1.68
Abstract

Qualitative research methodology was used to explore the purpose of level I fieldwork among occupational therapy students, clinical educators, and faculty respondents at one academic program. Differences in purposes among the three groups of respondents created different fieldwork expectations and outcomes. These differences underlined the importance of communication among students, clinical supervisors, and faculty in planning fieldwork to meet the needs of all three groups. Interpersonal skills, rather than academic skills, emerged as most important to student success in clinical education. Other factors that promote optimal level I fieldwork experience are understanding the purpose, level of commitment, clarity of expectations, timing, structure, and evaluation of the experience.