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Research Article  |   February 1990
Evaluating Level I Fieldwork Students: A Job Model
Author Affiliations
  • Ellen Flannery Winter, MA, OTR, at the time of this study, was Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is currently a Consultant for the Van Buren Intermediate School District, Lawrence, Michigan
  • Cindee Q. Peterson, MA, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008–5051
  • Henry B. Winter, MA, at the time of this study, was an Instructor in the Business Information Systems Department, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is currently a doctoral candidate in applied behavior analysis and an Instructional Technology Specialist for the Consumers Power Company, Covert, Michigan
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Education of OTs and OTAs / Education
Research Article   |   February 1990
Evaluating Level I Fieldwork Students: A Job Model
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1990, Vol. 44, 161-165. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.2.161
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1990, Vol. 44, 161-165. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.2.161
Abstract

This article describes how a job model, a behavioral engineering concept used to improve employee performance, was developed to evaluate the clinical performance of occupational therapy students in Level I fieldwork. The job model emphasizes accomplishments and provides immediate feedback on specific skills needed for the successful completion of Level I fieldwork. In a pilot study of 137 students from the Occupational Therapy Teaching Clinic at Western Michigan University, 68 of the students were evaluated with the job model and 69 were evaluated with Western Michigan University’s traditional Level I fieldwork evaluation. The results showed that the job model provided a method by which to identify standard values for measuring accomplishments in Level I fieldwork.