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From The CriticsReviewer: Rebecca Leigh Cupps, BS (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Description: "This book is designed to assist occupational therapy students who are preparing to enter the fieldwork component of entry-level preparation. It is a comprehensive guide through every facet of the fieldwork experience, providing answers to questions that may arise along the way. "
Purpose: "The purpose, as described by the author, is to ease students' transitions through fieldwork expereinces at levels I and II as well as entry into practice. This book could be very beneficial to students in providing information about what to expect when entering the field expereince and could serve to help reduce anxiety about this educational transition. The book successfully meets the author's stated objectives. "
Audience: "The book is written specifically for occupational therapy students, but I believe that it could benefit fieldwork coordinators and educators by reminding them of the challenges students face in entering new fieldwork settings. Those likely to benefit most are students about to enter into fieldwork, academic fieldwork coordinators and clinical educators working with students as preceptors in clinical settings. "
Features: "The authors describe the purpose for fieldwork in the preparation of students for entry into practice. The book emphasizes the value of teaching students professional communication and demeanor and describes the importance of fieldwork site selection as it relates to student learning style, interests, and maturity. Strategies are offered to assist students in planning and organizing fieldwork assignments. Authors provide information regarding the possible problems that might arise and offer students and supervisory materials that could be discussed early in the experience. The final chapters inform students what to expect after graduation, including information about national certification examination preparation, resume preparation, and how to prepare for an employment interview. The authors provide stories as examples of fieldwork successes and problems. I found the examples very helpful and entertaining. "
Assessment: "This is a very useful tool for occupational therapy students. As a student myself, it put my mind at ease about entering level II fieldwork and answered many questions that I had about what to expect. This book will be an excellent resource during my upcoming fieldwork experiences and a guide to enrty in practice. I would recommend this book to any student preparing to begin fieldwork and I believe it would be an excellent resource for academic and clinical fieldwork educators who are helping students to prepare for entry in the field. "