Purpose

The basic purpose of the Fieldwork Program is to provide a planned transition from the Kinesiology and Health Studies curriculum to a professional setting. In the Fieldwork experience the student will test practical application of the theories in the agency setting under the guidance and supervision of an agency professional and the Fieldwork Co-ordinator. As part of the Fieldwork experience, the mentor/host agency and the Fieldwork Co-ordinator evaluate the student. In addition, students continually review their own knowledge, skills, accomplishments and professional growth as they apply to this preparation for entry into their chosen profession.

The total preparation of a professional involves academic study as well as actual experience in applying theories to the practical areas within their field of study. Therefore, the objectives of the Fieldwork Program are as follows:

• To give students opportunities for practical experience in the organization and administration of agency services, and/or various program areas, and to increase their knowledge and skill in areas consistent with career goals and philosophy.

• To enable students to understand and appreciate professional duties and responsibilities of personnel in the field.

• To help students determine their professional strengths and weaknesses.

• To infuse agencies with new and updated concepts of delivery of services, and to aid in providing for more knowledgeable professionals.

• To further enhance a student’s understanding and conceptualization of professionalism. The student should gain a deeper awareness of professionalism; the possession of a unique body of knowledge, adherence to a professional code of ethics, the membership in a professional organization, and the manifestation of an altruistic view within the human services field.

• To ensure students appreciate the need to build healthy, productive relationships. The student must demonstrate the ability to develop, nurture and maintain appropriate professional relationships with the agency supervisor, agency staff, and clients. The student will learn to place a high value on these relationships as a fundamental aspect of professionalism.

• To aid in the assessment of the duties, expectations, and responsibilities of a professional in the chosen field in an effort to assist with initial short term and/or long term career choices.

• To assist the University with:

i) a perspective for evaluating student performance and improving curriculum; and

ii) opportunities for the faculty and professionals to interact with each other and confront practical problems in the field.