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Work-integrated learning in educating for the healthcare professions

Författare och institution:
Jan Gustafsson (Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik); Hans Rystedt (Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik, enheten för Lärande och undervisning)
Publicerad i:
Paper presented at the EARLI conference 28/8-1/9. Budapest, Hungary.,
Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The gap between higher education and work is often referred to as an obstacle for learning proficient work performance. To overcome these difficulties a work-place based alternative to a three-year nurse education programme was initiated at the University West in Sweden. All moments of the education, even theoretical ones, were carried out within or adjacent to clinical settings. In comparison to a traditional curriculum the boarders between theoretical studies and participation in caring activities were very much dissolved. The work-integrated programme was organized around a given set of themes instead of theoretical disciplines. In accordance with a PBL-design (problem-based learning) each theme involved groups of students in delineating a problem; identifying the needs for additional knowledge to solve it; organising the new information; and finally, evaluating the learning process. The programme was based on real-life problems brought in from the close clinical practice, with the purpose of covering the content of different themes. Data about the educational activities were collected through interviews with students and teachers; observations and video recordings of various educational activities as well as taking part of documents produced. The results points to several critical aspects that have to be considered further if work-integrated learning as an educational concept should be able to meet the demands of a thoroughly integration of theory and practice. Integration on an organisational level is not sufficient for managing the tensions between a thematic and a discipline-based structure on a content level. It is argued that the emphasis on autonomy and self-directed learning pervading much PBL-research often dismiss how the subject matter is dealt with in instruction. Instead an approach is suggested for studying and designing learning environments that focus on how the realms of education and work are utilized as resources in the students’ interactions with a more experienced tutor.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Utbildningsvetenskap ->
Work-integrated learning, education, healthcare professions
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2011-11-30 10:57

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