Journal of Taiwan Occupational Therapy Research and Practice
Purposes: Fieldwork has been recognized as an essential part in occupational therapy education. Throughout the fieldwork education, students test and verify the theories learned in lectures, improve their clinical skills and combine these two parts together. The goal was to investigate the perception of the students on clinical settings, supervisors and learning experience. Methods: In this study, the participants were four interns who were in their final year of junior college and had just completed their fieldwork requirements. Sample size was determined by the saturation principle. The data was collected with semi-structural interviews according to the "fieldwork perception interview guide". The interview data were tape-recorded and then transcribed. Content analysis was used to analyze the interview data. Results: The findings were as followed. (1) 3 out of 4 students acknowledged the professional philosophy. They recognized the fieldwork education was certainly important and rewardful. (2) Students expressed that knowledge learned in school weren't enough to deal with clinical situations. (3) Stress and copying strategies should be developed before the internship. (4) Supervisors played an important role in the process. Suggestions: In conclusion, suggestions were made for faculty and supervisors to improve the quality of fieldwork education, and to facilitate positive learning experiences.