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dc.contributor.authorBrewer, Margo
dc.contributor.authorFlavell, Helen
dc.contributor.authorHarris, Courtenay
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Melissa
dc.contributor.authorBathgate, Katherine
dc.identifier.citationBrewer, M. and Flavell, H. and Harris, C. and Davis, M. and Bathgate, K. 2014. Ensuring Health Graduates' Employability in a Changing World: Developing Interprofessional Practice Capabilities Using a Framework to Inform Curricula. Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability. 5 (1): pp. 29-46.

Curtin University introduced an interprofessional first year curriculum in the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2011. This curriculum, now delivered to over 3,300 first year health science students annually, consists of five common compulsory units, eight optional units (specific to several courses) and one discipline specific unit for each course. Significantly, the learning outcomes are informed by an Interprofessional Capability Framework (Brewer & Jones, 2013). This paper reports on a study which aimed to analyse the use of the capability framework in supporting the development of the desired interprofessional capabilities. This qualitative study was based on data from student reflective journals in one of the large common units. The sample consisted of 105 of the 411 students enrolled in one of the common units (response rate 25.6 percent) in the second major teaching period (semester two) in 2011. The data was analysed via NVivo8© to provide a holistic view of the content of the reflections as they related to the Interprofessional Capability Framework. The results indicate that the use of the Interprofessional Capability Framework in structuring the learning outcomes has influenced student learning. This is evidenced by the correlation between the themes which emerged during the coding of the data and the Interprofessional Capability Framework. For example, ‘Client-centred’ was the most frequently coded theme, followed by Collaboration, Team Function, and Quality Care, all of which are reflected in the Framework.The major finding of the study is that the framework did have an impact in guiding the development of the foundational interprofessional unit; the learning outcomes included key elements of the framework, the learning experiences were designed to meet these outcomes, and the assessment utilising a reflective journal was designed to measure the development of novice interprofessional capabilities.

dc.publisherCurtin University
dc.subjectcurriculum framework
dc.subjectconstructive alignment
dc.subjectgraduate capabilities
dc.titleEnsuring Health Graduates' Employability in a Changing World: Developing Interprofessional Practice Capabilities Using a Framework to Inform Curricula
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleJournal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability
curtin.departmentHealth Sciences-Faculty Office
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