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ERIC Number: EJ767300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
Using a Skills Bank for Work-Based Learning
Hatfield, Deborah
Education & Training, v49 n3 p236-249 2007
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to report a work-based learning innovation developed in response to the skills agenda affecting post-registration continuing professional development for nurses. Design/methodology/approach: The experience of learners, mentors and assessors using the "Skills Bank" are illustrated as part of an ongoing evaluation of work-based learning. This was captured by semi-structured interviews and the observations of the author as innovation was implemented and to the quality issues for academic rigour were addressed. The study is set in the context of the debate about skills and competence. Findings: The study finds that learners responded well to the innovation because they were motivated and self-directed. The experience exceeded their expectations of continuing professional education. Some did not engage with the database of skills and learner-generated skill design was consequently of poor quality. The assessment strategy is well-defined and rewards excellence in practice with the use of a grading tool. Practical implications: Content of skills templates reflect current evidence-based practice, which can be mapped to Skills for Health workforce competences. Maintaining the Skills Bank in terms of currency and authenticity is challenging. Originality/value: This paper will be of interest to education and training providers keen to address the preparation of health care staff fit for purpose and practice. It attempts to articulate skills as a notion of competence. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom