Students' Conceptions of Development Work as Promoting Professional Growth
Outi Mäkitalo, Annikki Savolainen, Eeva Liikanen, Riitta Lumme, Annikki Railio
Int. J. Bio. Lab. Sci  2011  1:21-26 Abstract】 PDF

The aim of this study is to evaluate how students experience development work in point-of-care testing (POCT) as part of a specialist e-learning course in POCT provided jointly by the Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS). Students were required to implement development in actual workplaces, and to publish their work as a journal article. Data for the study were collected from 20 students via an open enquiry circulated by e-mail and analysed using a phenomenographic approach.
The results show that development work provided a functional tool to achieve professional growth and new relationships within the workplace. The main challenges in the future are to create closer links between the UAS and the workplace to support learning and create new learning environments for students.
Key words: conception, development work, point-of-care testing, professional growth

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