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An exploration of how students learn in pharmacy internship
Uppsala universitet.
Linköping University, HELIX Vinn Excellence Centre. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Work and Working Life. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Learning in Working Life and Educational Settings. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Uppsala universitet.
Uppsala universitet.
2011 (English)In: Pharmacy Education, ISSN 1560-2214, Vol. 11, no 1, 177-182 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background - The pharmacy internship introduces students to pharmacy practice. An understanding of learning processes in the internship is vital for educators in order to develop activities that support learning.

Aim - The aim was to analyse students‟ learning activities in a Swedish pharmacy internship from both students‟ and tutors‟ perspectives.

Method - Interviews with pharmacy internship students (n=17) and pharmacist tutors (n=18) were performed, followed by a qualitative analysis.

Results – The results showed that learning activities ranged from formal, organized activities to informal learning by participating in the professional community. There was a perceived lack of integration between formal and informal activities. Tutors and students acknowledged the influence of the context for learning and the importance of tutors for supporting learning.

Conclusion - Both formal and informal learning activities have to be accepted and made explicit. Integrating formal and informal learning activities, using the full continuum of possible learning activities, can enhance learning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 11, no 1, 177-182 p.
Keyword [en]
pharmacy internship, workplace learning
National Category
Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-74295OAI: diva2:482360
Available from: 2012-01-23 Created: 2012-01-23 Last updated: 2012-02-01

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