Academic journal article Field Educator

Field Placement Disruptions: The CIA Approach

Academic journal article Field Educator

Field Placement Disruptions: The CIA Approach

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The placement process involves thoughtful collaboration between field departments and affiliated agencies; students are offered thorough orientation and a careful matching process including interviews with field faculty, as needed, and with the selected agency. Nevertheless, field placement disruptions-when a student's placement ends for an unexpected or unplanned reason-are inevitable in field education. Disruptions in field placements should be based on objective criteria: the field department's learning plan and evaluation forms reflect the required competencies, and the agency's Human Resources offices specify criteria for skills and behaviors in professional practice. Disruptions are also a process requiring careful reflection. At the University of Akron, we developed the CIA process to help address field placement disruptions: Clarifying the various aspects of the problem, assessing the Impact on student, field instructor and agency, and attending to the Affective aspects of the process.

Clarifying includes several questions:

* What is the intern's developmental level? (Can the problem be attributed to the student's initial anxiety? How did the intern function in the previous placement?)

* How does the intern function in other contexts, like the classroom?

* Is there information about the field instructor or agency that negatively influences the situation?

* What has the field liaison done to consult in this situation?

* What support services have been offered to the intern? How were they received?

Questions about the Impact of disruption on the intern's learning and on the agency:

* How does the disruption affect the intern's progress in school? …

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