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Participation and co-production for learning and development of identities: wherever I go, I meet myself

Stephens, John, Carter, Chris, McMahon, Susan, Howard, Bronwen and Scott, Lesley (2023) Participation and co-production for learning and development of identities: wherever I go, I meet myself. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. ISSN 1356-1294

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Contemporary society is characterised by constant change with an ever-increasing feature of interconnection, having clear implications for healthcare professional learning and role identity. It is proposed that active participation and coproduction for learning can provide options to understand contemporary challenges and opportunities in the development of personal and professional identity.

This research aimed to explore the value of learning and development of identity through participation in co-produced practical workshop activity involving service users and students across a Year 1 (level 4) undergraduate BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy module. Co-production was also reflected within the research project design and operationalisation.

Materials & Methods
Following delivery of the workshops, data were collected and analysed from a series of individual semi-structured interviews (n = 11) and a focus group.

Six emergent themes were identified. A central theme of identity and self-worth was deconstructed within five interdependent sub-themes; real and safe, person-centred, backstage learning, good to talk and staging of curriculum.

A process of open dialogue within co-produced workshop design and delivery would appear to enhance learning and a contextual appreciation of a broader ‘whole’ for all participants. Future research is aimed at building on this project, to explore co-produced learning opportunities across levels and settings that provide further insight into personal and professional identity development.

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Additional Information: © 2023 The Authors. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2023 08:24
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 08:15


Author: John Stephens
Author: Chris Carter
Author: Susan McMahon
Author: Bronwen Howard
Author: Lesley Scott

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences > Department of Sport and Excercise Sciences


Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Sciences > Health Sciences
Education > Higher Education

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