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Title: Using accreditation of prior experiential learning (apel) to replace a practice placement: A controversial option?
Authors: Tempest, S
Cordingley, K
Craik, C
Keywords: Accreditation of prior experiential learning;Occupational therapy education;Practice placements
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Citation: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy 70 (9): 389-392, Sep 2007
Abstract: The Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is established in higher education, but there are no studies on its use in occupational therapy. Brunel University wanted to investigate whether APEL could enable occupational therapy students meeting certain criteria to be exempt from the first-year practice placement, and so devised an APEL proposal. Practice placement educators and students were invited to give their opinion on the proposal through a questionnaire; additionally, the students attended a nominal group discussion. Three themes emerged from the six practice placement educators who agreed to participate: logistics, student experience and learning opportunities. The three students who participated valued APEL for confirming and recognising learning from previous experience. The low response impedes establishing any definite views on the topic, but could suggest that APEL is not a controversial option to practice placement educators and students. Further study is required on the adoption of APEL in occupational therapy education.
ISSN: 0308-0226
Appears in Collections:Occupational Therapy
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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