Best Practice for Supporting Students in the Workplace

Hilary MacQueen
The Open University, United Kingdom

Fiona Aiken
The Open University, United Kingdom


We investigated the academic performance of distance-taught student Paramedics and the effect of workplace support measures offered by their employers. Using a combination of quantitative, qualitative and open text data, we identified factors important for student success and well-being. Dedicated study time was not a significant predictor of student success, but was related to the quality of achievement as measured by pass grade. More important for success were less tangible factors such as relationship with a mentor, and being part of a supportive peer group. It is important to accord prominence to these features, and to build them into new course design. Care must also be taken that placements elsewhere be well organised, and students proactively supported while undertaking them.

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