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Project-based learning for physiotherapy clinical education quality and capacity


Forbes, R and Martin, R, Project-based learning for physiotherapy clinical education quality and capacity, OpenPhysio pp. 1-5. ISSN 2631-8369 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.14426/art/1310


Background: Increasing, supporting and sustaining the capacity for physiotherapy student placements is a priority for universities and the physiotherapy workforce. The interruption, and in some cases, cancellation of placements as a result of Covid-19 has provided an added impetus to consider the use of flexible and adaptive models to meet student learning needs and support new and existing placement host organisations. Project-based learning provides an opportunity to supplement clinical placements through student-led activities that are mutually beneficial for student learning and service delivery needs of the host organisation.

Aim: This paper outlines the pedagogical underpinnings of project-based learning and provides tangible examples of activities that have been adopted within physiotherapy host organisations to support clinical placement quality and capacity.

Discussion: Clinical placement host organisations require flexible, student-centred approaches to supporting clinical placement efforts during 2020 and beyond. Project-based learning has the potential to be adapted across settings to support student learning and host organisation services and their stakeholders. Universities should aim to encourage and support partnerships between host organisations and their students to adopt, evaluate and sustain project-based learning across physiotherapy settings.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:physiotherapy, clinical education, project-based learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
UTAS Author:Martin, R (Ms Romany Martin)
ID Code:147910
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2021-11-23
Last Modified:2021-12-21
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