Making the Most of Fieldwork Education: A Practical Approach by Auldeen Alsop

By Auldeen Alsop

Fieldwork schooling, which mixes work-based studying and review, has a pivotal position in specialist schooling. It offers a worthy chance to inte­ grate the artwork, technology and moral perform of Occupational treatment. The healing milieu can also be the main acceptable yet tough environment within which to pass judgement on 'compe­ tence to practise'. but fieldwork schooling has now not obtained the eye, assets, examine and standing it merits. this is because this publication is so very important. the point of interest upon the scholars' event displays the vital guideline of the publication: the accountability, problem and enjoyment of life-long studying. The booklet covers the full spectrum of fieldwork in a fashion that allows you to be of curiosity to educational and fieldwork educators too. this is often completed via a extraordinary stability among reas­ suring, sensible recommendation and scholarliness. The reader is inspired to go into into present debates, have interaction in inter-disciplinary and overseas comparisons and delight in the tensions among specialist matters and organizational contexts. The insights into the logistical, political and academic elements which give a contribution to the theory-practice hole are noteworthy. for my part, the authors have produced a very good creation to fieldwork schooling, and particularly to the complexities of scientific reasoning that is a necessary component to preliminary and carrying on with competence for lots of professions. i am hoping the e-book will improve the effectiveness of fieldwork schooling and therefore the standard of well-being and social care.

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As we said earlier in the chapter, therapy is increasingly being carried out in the community so that service users can experience 'normal' environments. Examples might include voluntary services for people with mental health problems or problems related to substance abuse, or special clubs, societies or foundations run by, with, or for people with special needs. They might also include community homes for people with dementia, or adults with mental health problems or learning difficulties or services for homeless people.

It is argued that students need as much practice as possible in applying profession specific skills and evaluating practice under the supervision of an occupational therapist who acts as a role model in the workplace. According to Swinehart and Mayers (1993) students need help to assess and analyse problems in a profession-specific way and to understand, draw on and use profession-specific theories to underpin professional practice before they gain experience of working with other professionals.

American Journal o/Occupational Therapy, 48(1), 27-37. Accreditation and qualities of the fieldwork educator This chapter covers: • • • • accreditation systems and processes; characteristics of the fieldwork educator; preparation of fieldwork educators for their role; models of educational relationships between student and fieldwork educator. When you entered university you no doubt expected your lecturers to be well qualified in their specialist field and to have the necessary skills and qualifications to teach in the academic setting.

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