Occupational therapy student experiences of a university mental health course based on an integrated application of problem-based and team-based learning

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Background: The goal of problem-based and team-based learning (PBL/TBL) is to maximize student engagement and encourage interactive learning. Combining these methods in course design is described as a win-win situation that optimizes student learning, professional development, and uses varied teaching approaches that fit well within health science. More research is needed in the effectiveness of such a hybrid approach. Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore student experiences of a newly developed mental health course based on an integrated application of PBL and TBL in a university occupational therapy program in Sweden. Methods: In this grounded theory study data were collected through logbooks (n = 13) and supplemental open-ended interviews (n = 7) at the end of the course. Results: The analysis resulted in two core categories: 1) learning is facilitated by a course design based on the integrated application of PBL and TBL, a current topic, and teachers who are perceived as engaging, and 2) a perceived safe setting facilitates learning and creates a good study environment. There were six related sub-categories. Conclusions: Combining elements of PBL and TBL may have a range of benefits in promoting student learning and professional development. Other aspects may also have a role to play.


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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Environmental Health and Occupational Health


  • clinical skills, occupational therapy education, Problem-based, small group teaching
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-77
JournalScandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch