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ERIC Number: ED567348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 235
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-9150-5
Exploring Occupational Therapy Students' Meaning of Feedback during Fieldwork Experiences
Rathgeber, Karen Lynne
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Researchers have revealed that students' confidence and performance improve after they receive feedback from clinical supervisors regarding the delivery of quality patient care. Multiple studies of feedback have focused on the provision and acceptance of feedback; however, it was not known if or how students internalized feedback to promote clinical reasoning. Since there is a difference between providing feedback and the interpretation of its true message, it was necessary to explore this phenomenon to add empirical knowledge regarding the students' feedback interpretation. This study focused on the exploration of how occupational therapy assistant students interpret information received from fieldwork supervisors and what meanings students attributed to feedback. Dewey and Kolb's views of experiential learning theory framed this qualitative study. Phenomenological methods guided the collection of data in the form of reflective statements and semistructured interviews from 14 participants. Constant comparative coding identified themes and patterns. The findings indicated participants felt that feedback was necessary to develop clinical skills, no matter how delivered. In addition, participants identified indicators verifying the correct application of feedback, as well as situations affecting the interpretation and application of feedback provided during an experiential learning opportunity. The findings facilitate positive social change by providing guidance for educators and students to understand factors that affect feedback application that may improve the quality of student work and result in developing competent health care clinicians. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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