Exploring the range of clinical learning spaces

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This chapter extends the description of clinical learning spaces provided in Chapter 9 to include learning spaces that were found to form beyond the immediate workplace. Narelle’s research revealed that powerful clinical learning continued in spaces beyond clinical workplaces. Three examples of these learning spaces that were identified as particularly influential on student learning are portrayed in this chapter. These were car travel (both alone and with other students, other health professionals and clinical supervisors), student accommodation and student activity.These clinical learning spaces that formed beyond clinical workplaces are illuminated as fluid and powerful spaces as well as quiet spaces for reflection, in which physiotherapy students’ professional practice capabilities could be developed and wellbeing nurtured. This chapter explores the way in which these spaces were encountered and experienced by the physiotherapy students in Narelle’s research and the powerful way the students’ encounters with these spaces created unique learning spaces that significantly shaped student learning. Finally, given the significant contribution of these spaces to students’ clinical learning implications for workplace learning preparation and debriefing sessions are explored.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeveloping practice capability
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming workplace learning
EditorsNarelle Patton, Joy Higgs, Megan Smith
Place of PublicationLeiden, The Netherlands
PublisherBrill | Sense
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789004366923
ISBN (Print)9789004366916, 9789004366909
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameHigher Education Horizons
PublisherBrill Sense

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