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"It's a funny old game". Football as an educational metaphor within induction to practice-based interprofessional learning

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Pauline Pearson


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The Common Learning Programme in the North East of England (CLPNE) sought to introduce interprofessional education into the practice setting for pre-registration health and social care students. Students, clinical educators/mentors, and facilitators met within groups over a period of 3-6 weeks to explore interprofessional working and learning together. This paper evaluates the use of a game, the Football Stadium, to stimulate participants' exploration of practice-based interprofessional working and learning at CLPNE induction sessions. Data consisting of verbal and written feedback from students and clinical educators/mentors, and field notes from facilitators covering 22 CLPNE pilot sites (February 2003-July 2005) was supplemented by researcher observation at 12 sites. Two themes emerged from the data: the use of the Football Stadium as an "ice-breaker" at team induction and, the use of the Football Stadium as a vehicle to facilitate reflective learning. Key issues included personal identity and role within a novice-expert continuum, creating and developing the team environment and, enhancing and developing learning communities. Although recognized as requiring careful, sensitive facilitation, the Football Stadium is a simple means to present learning opportunities for interprofessional education within a non-threatening learning environment that facilitates active participation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Stephens J, Abbott-Brailey H, Pearson P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Interprofessional Care

Year: 2007

Volume: 21

Issue: 4

Pages: 375-385

ISSN (print): 1356-1820

ISSN (electronic): 1469-9567

Publisher: Informa Healthcare


DOI: 10.1080/13561820701401247

PubMed id: 17654155


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