An international systematic mapping review of fieldwork education in occupational therapy.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review;Systematic Review)

BACKGROUND: Owing to its importance in preparing occupational therapists, fieldwork education has generated numerous studies. These have not been collected and reviewed, leaving researchers without a map for growing a science of fieldwork education. PURPOSE: This study aimed to systematically categorize the topics, research designs, methods, levels of impact, and themes that have and have not been addressed in fieldwork education scholarship. METHOD: Guided by a systematic mapping review design, 124 articles, identified through database searches and inclusion coding, were studied. Data were collected using a data extraction instrument and analyzed using Microsoft Access queries. FINDINGS: Papers primarily addressed curriculum (n = 51) and students (n = 32). Conceptual/descriptive inquiry methods (n = 57) were predominant. Qualitative (n = 48) and quantitative methods (n = 49) were used equally. Research outcomes mainly targeted perceived participation in fieldwork. Recurring themes included student perceptions, external influences, and transition to practice. IMPLICATIONS: Three recommendations were identified: strengthen procedures for studying singular fieldwork experiences, broaden rationales for studying fieldwork, and translate educational concepts for occupational therapy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Roberts, ME; Hooper, BR; Wood, WH; King, RM

Published Date

  • April 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 82 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 106 - 118

PubMed ID

  • 26281434

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0008-4174

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0008417414552187


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States