The use of Danielson’s Framework in developing a new fieldwork training setting for 3rd year occupational therapy students from the University of the Western Cape

Jane Erasmus, Nikki Vermeulen



Charlotte Danielson developed a framework for teaching to assist novice educators. Her framework considers four domains, namely Planning and Preparation, The Classroom Environment, Instruction and finally Professional Responsibilities. This article describes the adaptation of Danielson’s Framework in the development of a new fieldwork setting for third year occupational therapy students. The description of the process that was followed illustrates how the four domains were used to guide the development of a new fieldwork setting, which would meet the requirements of the university as well as the needs of a group of six third year occupational therapy students who were doing their first fieldwork practice in this new setting. The conclusion shows that this Framework proved to be a suitable one to guide the process of developing a fieldwork setting.


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Fieldwork site development, Danielson’s Framework, Student training and supervision

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