Learning over Time

Learning over time involves the documented continuous process of skill acquisition, progression, and student reflection. Learning over time involves the demonstration of systematic progression through the cognitive and psychomotor taxonomies within different contextual environments (ex. Athletic training facility, practice field). Assessment of learning over time is built around multiple indicators and sources of evidence such as observations (student affective behaviors, interviews); performance samples (clinical skill demonstration); and the tests or test like procedures.

Implementation of Learning over Time in the existing clinical proficiencies is a significant responsibility of the clinical preceptor. The athletic training student will be introduced to the concepts, skills, and thus required to perform individual tasks in the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting. However, the athletic training student must be able to integrate the overall task in a critical manner in the clinical setting. This may require the clinical preceptor to implement some techniques that will be discussed later.

The importance of only evaluating those skills for which the athletic training student has been formally educated is imperative. Each clinical setting will be provided with an outline of educational work for each level of proficiency the student is responsible. The athletic training student will then be responsible for that particular semester’s competencies as well as any previous education until they have obtained, learned over time, and mastered all of the Competencies and Clinical Proficiencies as a senior.