Placements with a ratio of one fieldwork educator to two or more students have potential benefits for students and educators as well as for placement organisers, who have difficulty finding enough fieldwork experiences for students. A questionnaire was distributed to 14 students who had been on a 1:2 placement together, in order to find out what they perceived had been the advantages and disadvantages of this experience. Their responses were largely positive, giving enhanced learning and peer support as the main advantages. The most commonly cited disadvantage was added stress, which could occur if the two students were not compatible. It is recommended that this type of placement should be used more frequently, although it is important that strategies should be employed by fieldwork educators to exploit the full potential of the learning experience.
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|BRITISH JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
|Published - Jun 1998