Camp as a Teaching Method in Health Education: a qualitive study about innovation, learning and participation

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftAbstraktForskning

Abstract

Background
Camp as a learning activity was introduced in entrepreneurship teaching. Students were engaged to get experiences on how to cope with uncertainty, complexity and to take action in collaboration with external partners.
Relevance
Society calls for creative and innovative health professionals. New learning methods are required to develop new skills. Health students must develop skills that enable them to create, develop and take action upon new services in new or existing organizations.
Aim
To investigate if CAMP as a learning method can contribute to didactic development in health education to support students in gaining innovative and entrepreneurial skills.
Participants
A total of 33 physiotherapist students each participated in one of three CAMPS of 48, 24 or 12 hours in an elective module named “Sport, innovation and entrepreneurship”.
Methods
The project was based on case methodology and theories/methods put INTO action. The camp method encourages a student-participatory and an inter-professionally approach required to think out-of-the-box. Teachers were offered the possibility to be mentor/coach for students. ‘Effectuation’, the ‘PUSH model’ and the ‘Entrepreneurial Progression Model’ served as background theory.
Evaluation
Three different camps were evaluated by students in 2012 and 2013. A written individual evaluation form was filled in at the end of CAMP one; two and three. Data consisted of descriptive questionnaires with open answer alternatives. Evaluations were optional and all 33 participants have completed. CAMP three was furthermore explored through one focus group interview of four students.
Results
The participants described experiences related to a sense of community as challenging, intense and as a learning process that required openness, creativity and concentration. Responsibility of own and others' learning process in combination with a professional focus seemed to ensure and maintain students’ motivation. Furthermore, CAMP was experienced as a self-governing and dialogue-based way of learning.
Conclusions
The result comprises important issues of interest to the future didactic development in health education. Camp as a learning process based on participation, creativity and an innovative approach combined with a professional focus seems relevant when trying to engage students to take action.
Keywords
Innovation, method, camp
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato9 apr. 2014
StatusUdgivet - 9 apr. 2014
BegivenhedEDUCATION FOR CITIZENSHIP AND PARTICIPATION IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE 16-19 April, Kuopio, Finland013: - Koupio universitet, Koupio, Finland
Varighed: 17 apr. 201319 apr. 2013

Konference

KonferenceEDUCATION FOR CITIZENSHIP AND PARTICIPATION IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE 16-19 April, Kuopio, Finland013:
LokationKoupio universitet
Land/OmrådeFinland
ByKoupio
Periode17/04/1319/04/13
AndetTheme of the conference will be: education for citizenship and participation in health and social care. In the Kuopio conference 2013, we consider the citizenship in social and health care education and practice from the viewpoint of participation. In o...

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