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Front-loading coursework is an area that has little exploration and yet has many possibilities that may benefit beginning or entry-level students in academic practice-based programs. For the purposes of this proposal, front-loading is an educational approach to allow for a course to be reconstructed to focus first on skill attainment prior to entering the clinical setting. The premise of front-loading skills is to allow learners to engage in experiential learning, or learning by doing, which creates a frame of reference and context that can be drawn upon once the student moves to the clinical setting. Creating a frame of reference will help promote confidence and decrease anxiety allowing the student to exemplify skills in the clinical setting and begin to move from novice to expert within the students’ frame of reference. The confidence-building model can be applied to any practice-based program in preparing learners for their discipline.
Las Vegas (Nev.)
UNLV Office of Faculty Affairs
Skill attainment; Confidence-building model; Skill lab
Nicholas, Lisa; Silverstri-Elmore, Angela; and Gatlin, Tricia K., "Building Early Confidence in a Practice-based Discipline" (2020). UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. 107.