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Research Article  |   May 1982
Mini-Councils: A Solution to Fieldwork Supervision
Author Affiliations
  • Jean R. Still, M.S., OTR, is Assistant Professor and Field Work Coordinator, Department of Occupational Therapy, San Jose State University, San Jose, California
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Research Article   |   May 1982
Mini-Councils: A Solution to Fieldwork Supervision
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1982, Vol. 36, 328-332. doi:10.5014/ajot.36.5.328
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1982, Vol. 36, 328-332. doi:10.5014/ajot.36.5.328
Abstract

In 1977, the Occupational Therapy faculty at San Jose State University, with support from a Special Improvement Grant, embarked on a 3-year curriculum revision. One issue of particular concern was the need to devise a system for involving the clinical faculty in the revision process regardless of geographic relationship to the university. The system that evolved became known as Mini-Councils, regional groups consisting of students and clinical and academic faculty who participate in fieldwork experience at the University.

Mini-Councils replaced the on-site visit system and shifted the emphasis from supervision of individual students to discussion groups focusing on general educational issues of mutual concern to faculty and students. The Mini-Councils have also strengthened the relationship between academic and clinical educators by providing a practical, efficient means of maintaining contact with students in fieldwork, and by helping integrate academic and clinical education.