Recognition of the affect of negative attitudes on learning appears universal; however investigation of such attitudes and facilitation of the change of attitudes is rarely the focus of exploration. Attitudinal change occurs amongst third year occupational therapy students when studying Mental Health. The focus of this paper is to present the results of an assessment of this attitudinal change. The source of the change was investigated in order to maximise the learning. This paper examines both the initial causes of the negative attitudes and the contributing factors that result in positive attitudes thereby allowing the isolation of those factors that most facilitate the change. This isolation guides the teaching process and thus enhances attitudinal change and hence learning.
Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Assessment p. 468-474