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Preparation of educators involved in interprofessional education.

Research paper by E S ES Anderson, D D Cox, L N LN Thorpe

Indexed on: 15 Jan '09Published on: 15 Jan '09Published in: Journal of interprofessional care



Abstract

To achieve effective interprofessional learning there must be effective teaching. In this study we analyse the impact of a Masters level two day course designed to prepare teachers for their role(s) in the design development and facilitation of interprofessional student groups. Since its inception the course has run periodically each year attracting over 70 health and social care teachers from academic and practice settings. The evaluation has confirmed the original hypothesis of the course design, that in order to properly facilitate interprofessional education, teachers need tailored professional developmental opportunities. They need to consider both the underpinnings and implications of interprofessionality and the ways in which appropriate pedagogical practice can illuminate and embed truly interprofessional learning.