Exploring localised learning during a short-term rural placement

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High-quality student placements in rural areas can provide students with the opportunity to learn about, and become immersed in, a rural community and associated health service delivery. As long-term placements are often resource-intensive, the learning potential of short-term placements in rural areas deserves greater examination.
This research examined the learning afforded to students during a short-term, rural, work-integrated learning experience and the attributes and practices that facilitated students’ learning. Undergraduate students from three health disciplines who attended the placement participated in two focus groups at the end of their placement.
Thematic analysis of the data was inductively informed by a situated learning approach. The results demonstrate several localized learning opportunities afforded by this short-term placement and the design elements that enabled that learning. These findings demonstrate the value of offering short-term placements to health students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-542
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Work-Integrated Learning
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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