ERIC Number: ED175363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Value of Field Experience in Education for Health Care Administration.
Hiller, Marc D.
A sample of 54 health administration education programs were examined to identify and analyze current practices in field experience programs. The six primary areas investigated include: (1) the prevalence of field experience requirements; (2) the objectives and characteristics of field experience components; (3) the experiences encountered in implementing field experience programs; (4) the perceived need for a field experience requirement; (5) the identification of guidelines for adjusting field experience requirements for experienced students; and (6) the recommended designs for field experiences. The field experiences offered by the various programs were identified as either short term practicums or more lengthy residencies. The objectives and requirements of both the practicum and residency experiences are described and tabulated. The importance of selecting an appropriate facility to use for the programs is emphasized. Results indicate that the most commonly used facility was the acute care hospital. Problems encountered during field experience programs are discussed including: lack of qualified preceptors, difficulties in evaluating the experience, lack of financial assistance, difficulties in lack of adequate supervision, insufficient assignment of job responsibilities, and difficulty in traveling to the site. In comparing the field experience component to academic work done in the classroom, 15 percent of the respondents indicated that it was the most important part of the program. (SF)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Allied Health Occupations Education, Comparative Analysis, Educational Quality, Experiential Learning, Field Experience Programs, Graduate Study, Health Personnel, Higher Education, Hospitals, Internship Programs, Nontraditional Occupations, Practicum Supervision, Practicums, Professional Education, Student Interests
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Graduate School of Public Health.
Note: Document prepared through the Long Term Care Education Unit