When scaffolding student learning an educator is using a variety of instructional techniques to progressively guide the student toward greater understanding and greater independence within the learning process.  Scaffolding can be used to bridge gaps in student learning and support students to demonstrate their knowledge and/or skills in an environment where successive levels of support are provided.  The aim of scaffolding is for the educator to plan for student independence in the required learning and actions within their placement.  

Video: Scaffolding Student Learning

The process of gradually escalating placement experiences and activities for students can at times feel more like art than science. Here, Jodie Copley demistifies the grey area and offers handy hints for scaffolding student learning on placement.

Resources: Here are some tips sheets to support the planning of placement learning:

Tip Sheet: Structuring the Placement.pdf

Tip Sheet: Enhancing Student Performance.pdf