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Wednesday, June 22 • 16:45 - 18:00
POSTER.05 - Experiential learning: A case study of co-operative experience of undergraduate pharmacy students

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This research study explores the co-operative experience of undergraduate pharmacy students with a focus on its influence on the students’ professional and personal development. Kolb’s (1984) four-stage experiential learning cycle – (1) experience, (2) reflection on experience, (3) theory and abstract concepts, and (4) practice and testing of concepts – is the theoretical framework for my study. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and focus groups with 19 pharmacy students from the first graduating class in this program, 12 co-op employers, and 12 faculty members. The impact of experiential learning on the professional and personal development of undergraduate pharmacy students during their co-op experiences was multi-dimensional. While students believed that they gained self-confidence and achieved self-discovery and career-related discovery after their co-op placements, their professional and personal development could be driven by their own motivation and personality. Co-op employers and co-op sites played a role in influencing students’ individual development. Despite the unstructured and inconsistent nature of co-op, it was evident that co-op offered students the opportunity to explore the diversity of the pharmacy profession. The findings suggested that students should take ownership of their learning; and faculty should supplement students’ learning by using teaching moments at school to reinforce and re-align the knowledge and skills acquired in class and those gained during real-world practice. Based on my research, I was able to propose a model of co-op experience integrated in the four stages of Kolb’s experiential learning cycle. A hybrid of both structured and unstructured experiential learning for pharmacy students might be an ideal curricular model.


Certina Ho

Certina Ho is a Lecturer at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. In her current position, Certina is a course coordinator of a third-year elective on patient/medication safety and is a faculty coordinator for the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations... Read More →

Wednesday June 22, 2016 16:45 - 18:00
Atrium, Physics & Astronomy Building Western University

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