Research Article  |   October 2015
Fieldwork I Program Evaluation of Student Learning Using Goal Attainment Scaling
Author Affiliations
  • Ann Chapleau, DHS, OTRL, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Health and Human Services, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo; ann.chapleau@wmich.edu
  • Jennifer Harrison, PhDc, LMSW, CAADC, is Faculty Specialist and Field Coordinator, School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Article Information
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Research Article   |   October 2015
Fieldwork I Program Evaluation of Student Learning Using Goal Attainment Scaling
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 2015, Vol. 69, 6912185060p1-6912185060p8. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.018325
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 2015, Vol. 69, 6912185060p1-6912185060p8. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.018325
Abstract

This article describes a program evaluation of student learning during the Level I fieldwork experience of a master of science in occupational therapy program. We sought to determine the utility of Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) as a measure of student learning. Over four semesters, from fall 2013 through fall 2014, 240 students completed goal attainment scales for an individualized learning goal for the semester. Using a quantitative pretest–posttest design, we found significant increases in levels of student learning goal attainment during Level I fieldwork. Qualitative data from exit surveys revealed high levels of satisfaction with the program, particularly related to the opportunity to learn a new way of envisioning and writing individualized goals. These findings support the use of GAS as an outcome measure of student learning during fieldwork.