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Identifying features of quality in rural placements for health students: scoping review
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    Methodological concerns regarding "Identifying features of quality in rural placements for health students: scoping review"
    • Adam Lebowitz, Professor (Instructor, researcher) Jichi Medical University

    A potential methodological limitation with regard to the use of Campbell et al.'s work-integrated learning (WIL) framework is a remaining concern for this otherwise competent and revealing review.

    Authors describe this framework as follows: "Campbell et al’s framework to support assurance of institution-wide quality in WIL is an evidence-based and comprehensive instrument that groups elements required for high quality WIL into four domains: student experience, curriculum design, institutional requirements and stakeholder engagement." (p.3). The two sources cited for this description are the framework itself and Campbell et al. IJWIL 2021;22:505–19. Examining the first source reveals this framework evolved from a partnership between three universities in Australia, and it is not clear to what extent the WIL framework been adopted outside of this network domestically nor internationally. Clarifying this is necessary given the international scope of this evidence overview, and authors state this in the Discussion.

    However, the claim the framework is an "evidence-based and comprehensive instrument" is problematic if it is based on the cited literature. The second citation quotes interviews with Australian higher-education faculty and administrators in a workshop setting, but this kind of self-assessment is not empirical evidence of the "quality" of learner experience. Campbell et al. appear cognizant of this when writing,...

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