Provides the student with real-world work practice to integrate the knowledge gained in the classroom environment into the delivery of occupational therapy services
The goal of Level II fieldwork is to develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapists and it is an integral part of the transition from student to practitioner. Level II fieldwork provides the student with ,real-world work practice to integrate the knowledge gained in the classroom environment into the delivery of occupational therapy services. During the experience, students are exposed to a variety of clients across the lifespan and a range of settings.
At KGI, our fieldwork program aligns closely with the curriculum design. Students engage in didactic learning with integrated short-term Level l fieldwork experiences during the first five trimesters of the program. This stage of learning aligns with Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning in the areas of foundational knowledge, human dimension, caring, and learning how to learn. Level II fieldwork occurs after a solid foundation in occupational theory and practice has been set and allows students to fully engage in the application and integration stages of the taxonomy.
Level II fieldwork allows students an “in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupations” (ACOTE, 2018, p.1). In addition to the application and integration of learning, students in the fieldwork stage will also continue to develop advanced skills in the areas of human dimension, caring, and learning how to learn through self-reflection, clinical reasoning, and the application of ethics and professionalism in practice.