Interdisciplinary work integrated learning: a pilot evaluation instrument

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Background: Work integrated learning (WIL) activities—sometimes termed student placements, practice-based learning, cooperative education or workplace learning activities—are embedded into university course curricula to prepare students for future professional environments.
Aims: This study evaluates an interdisciplinary and multiagency WIL activity undertaken by university students (n=14).
Methods: Pre- and post-activity survey instruments were used to gain perspectives on student expectations and experiences relating to the WIL activity. The survey instruments were based on five common themes of quality within WIL activities.
Findings: The WIL activity facilitated professionally relevant learning, delivered diverse experiences, and enabled the development of professionally meaningful relationships.
Discussion: A pilot evaluation instrument for similar undergraduate paramedic WIL programmes is presented for further consideration. Limitations of the study are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-358
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Paramedic Practice: the clinical monthly for emergency care professionals
Volume11
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 07 Aug 2019
EventAustralian Collaborative Education Network National Conference: ACEN 2018: WIL Creating Connections - Building Futures - Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 03 Oct 201805 Oct 2018
http://acen.edu.au/2018conference/accepted-papers/

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