1000 fieldwork hours: analysis of multi-site evidence.
BACKGROUND: Internationally, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists has established a minimum of 1,000 hours as the fieldwork standard. PURPOSE: To examine student development in fieldwork across placements to determine if students achieve entry-level competence after completion of 1,000 hours of fieldwork. METHODS: Archival data (N=400) from six occupational therapy programs were analyzed to examine the acquisition of fieldwork competency over time as measured by the Competency Based Fieldwork Evaluation Scale. FINDINGS: Competency scores increased with each fieldwork placement, the majority of students achieved entry-level scores upon completion of their final fieldwork placement. While, on average, some competency scores exceeded entry level by 1,000 hours, Practice Knowledge, Clinical Reasoning, and Facilitating Change fell just short. IMPLICATIONS: The identification of a plan for addressing the lower ratings in these three competencies should be considered.
Holmes, JD; Bossers, AM; Polatajko, HJ; Drynan, DP; Gallagher, M; O'Sullivan, CM; Slade, AL; Stier, JJ; Storr, CA; Denney, JL
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