Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate evidence for the use of web discussion in the assessment of work‐based learning in practical nurse education. The paper seeks to investigate what kind of conclusions can be drawn from the students’ learning and learning processes, especially from their ability to reflect by analysing web discussions. Design/methodology/approach – The data were gathered in an action research project in a vocational secondary level institution. The data consists of 26 web discussions among student groups and their teachers' qualitative, evaluative reports, 26 altogether. The data were coded inductively with the NVivo 1.3 qualitative data analysis software. The analysis followed the principles of hierarchical coding. The purpose was to study how the processes of vocational growth, learning and reflection can be detected in the web discussion. Findings – The paper finds that web discussion provides valuable information about the learning processes of students. It is a valid measure for the ability to reflective thinking and a useful method to develop reflection skills. Web discussion is feasible, but not an adequate assessment form of work‐based learning all alone. It serves best the assessment needs of the final phases of studying. Research limitations/implications – The research was conducted in practical nurse education where communication and reflection are critical. More detailed research is needed from other vocational sectors. Practical implications – The research findings suggest the use of web discussion as one valuable solution for the assessment of students’ competence gained through work‐based learning. Originality/value – The paper is based on original data.
Journal of Workplace Learning – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 4, 2008
Keywords: Worldwide web; Communication technologies; Workplace learning; Action learning; Nursing; Finland
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