Health Science Student's Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) Online Writing Experiences The purpose of this descriptive study was to determine if there was any evidence of problems with university health science students' writing outcomes while part of a team within an interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) program. Small student teams wrote together on Blackboard wikis, reflecting on team performance and ... Article
Article  |   July 25, 2016
Health Science Student's Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) Online Writing Experiences
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  • Jo Ann M. Bamdas
    Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
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Professional Issues & Training / Part 1
Article   |   July 25, 2016
Health Science Student's Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) Online Writing Experiences
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, July 2016, Vol. 1, 16-30. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG10.16
History: Received January 19, 2016 , Revised June 13, 2016 , Accepted June 15, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, July 2016, Vol. 1, 16-30. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG10.16
History: Received January 19, 2016; Revised June 13, 2016; Accepted June 15, 2016

The purpose of this descriptive study was to determine if there was any evidence of problems with university health science students' writing outcomes while part of a team within an interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) program. Small student teams wrote together on Blackboard wikis, reflecting on team performance and healthy aging while working with a volunteer senior. Students' written responses were obtained from three team visits with the senior. A content analysis of the students' responses for basic foundational writing skills was conducted. Results indicated that many student responses did not demonstrate basic writing skills, nor was there much evidence to suggest that students could demonstrate significant learning about themselves and healthy aging, and working with team members. Based on these findings, the IPECP leadership team concluded that there was a need to implement best practices such as holding staff and faculty responsible for higher expectations of student performance, giving better instructions, and including feedback for all health science students.

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