Student learning in interprofessional practice-based environments: what does theory say?

Chris Roberts, Koshila Kumar

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    Student learning in interprofessional practice-based environments has garnered significant attention in the last decade, and is reflected in a corresponding increase in published literature on the topic. We review the current empirical literature with specific attention to the theoretical frameworks that have been used to illustrate how and why student learning occurs in interprofessional practice-based environments. Our findings show there are relatively few theoretical-based studies available to guide educators and researchers alike. We recommend a more considered and consistent use of theory and suggest that professional identity and socio-cultural frameworks offer promising avenues for advancing understandings of student learning and professional identity development within interprofessional practice-based environments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number211
    Number of pages3
    JournalBMC Medical Education
    Issue number211
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • Interprofessional education
    • Patient care team
    • Practice-based learning
    • Professional identity


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