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Project-based learning for physiotherapy clinical education quality and capacity


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Forbes, R and Martin, R ORCID: 0000-0003-4837-8048 2020 , 'Project-based learning for physiotherapy clinical education quality and capacity' , OpenPhysio , pp. 1-5 , doi: 10.14426/art/1310.

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Background: Increasing, supporting and sustaining the capacity for physiotherapy student placements is a priority foruniversities and the physiotherapy workforce. The interruption, and in some cases, cancellation of placements as a result ofCovid-19 has provided an added impetus to consider the use of flexible and adaptive models to meet student learning needsand support new and existing placement host organisations. Project-based learning provides an opportunity to supplementclinical placements through student-led activities that are mutually beneficial for student learning and service delivery needsof the host organisation.Aim: This paper outlines the pedagogical underpinnings of project-based learning and provides tangible examples ofactivities 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 clinicalplacement efforts during 2020 and beyond. Project-based learning has the potential to be adapted across settings to supportstudent learning and host organisation services and their stakeholders. Universities should aim to encourage and supportpartnerships between host organisations and their students to adopt, evaluate and sustain project-based learning acrossphysiotherapy settings.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Forbes, R and Martin, R
Keywords: physiotherapy, clinical education, project-based learning
Journal or Publication Title: OpenPhysio
Publisher: Physiopedia
ISSN: 2631-8369
DOI / ID Number: 10.14426/art/1310
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