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Usefulness of a competency-based reflective portfolio for student learning on a Masters Health Promotion programme

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dc.contributor.author McKenna, Verna
dc.contributor.author Connolly, Claire
dc.contributor.author Hodgins, Margaret M.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-01T14:54:24Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-01T14:54:24Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation McKenna, V,Connolly, C,Hodgins, M (2011) 'Usefulness of a competency-based reflective portfolio for student learning on a Masters Health Promotion programme'. Health Education Journal, 70 (2):170-175. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1748-8176
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2988
dc.description Journal article en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Efforts to identify core competencies within health promotion and health education have been on-going for a number of years. These efforts include work carried out by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) in drawing up a draft list of 11 core competencies which were incorporated into the practice module on the Masters (MA) in Health Promotion at National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway for the academic year 2008-2009. A reflective portfolio was introduced to allow students to reflect on their learning while on the programme. The aim of this article is to explore the usefulness of this competency-based reflective portfolio for student learning on the course.Methods: A qualitative study design was utilized. Content analysis of 18 student portfolios was undertaken addressing the 11 competencies of: professionalism; values/ethics; needs assessment; planning; implementation; evaluation; communication; policy/strategy; organization/management; collaborative working and technology.Results: The use of the portfolio promoted high levels of reflection across the entire course rather than within the practice module only. It reinforced student learning across modules and identified further training needs for students. Aspects of the course which were of particular value to students were also identified and included the work placement component and real life experiences of practitioners in the field of health promotion. The importance of dedicated skills workshops, such as strategy development, was also identified.Conclusion: The competency-based reflective portfolio is a very useful tool which draws together theoretical and experiential learning. It provides students with an opportunity to bring together the course as a whole and to integrate material across modules and tasks. en_US
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dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Journals Online en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Health Education Journal en
dc.subject Competencies en_US
dc.subject Health promotion practice en_US
dc.subject Portfolio en_US
dc.subject Student learning en_US
dc.title Usefulness of a competency-based reflective portfolio for student learning on a Masters Health Promotion programme en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.date.updated 2012-09-07T16:02:25Z
dc.identifier.doi DOI 10.1177/0017896910373135
dc.local.publishedsource http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0017896910373135 en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed
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dc.local.contact Margaret Hodgins, Ctr For Health Promotion Studies, Room 338b, Clinical Science Institute, Nui Galway. 3349 Email: margaret.hodgins@nuigalway.ie
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