The flexible learning needs and preferences of regional occupational therapy students in Australia

Zeldenryk, Lynne, and Bradey, Scott (2013) The flexible learning needs and preferences of regional occupational therapy students in Australia. Higher Education Research & Development, 32 (2). pp. 314-327.

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Abstract

This study aimed to explore the flexible learning needs and preferences of occupational therapy students from a regional Australian university. Participants (n = 170) were surveyed using a quantitative survey tool. Findings were analysed using SPSS to determine significant differences between variable attributes of the student cohort. The survey found that students have complex and competing lifestyle demands, which impact on study. In particular, paid work was found to negatively influence study and the university experience. Traditional face-to-face learning suited most students, however, flexible learning options were preferable for students where paid work, family commitments and geographic location interfered with study. These results will help inform the design and implementation of flexible delivery courses for occupational therapy. Further research is required to explore the experiences of staff and students who are involved in health courses run by flexible delivery.

Item ID: 25887
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-8366
Keywords: flexible delivery, learning preferences, student characteristics, student diversity, student experience, occupational therapy
Funders: James Cook University Teaching and Learning Development Grant
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2013 04:33
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 75%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 25%
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