Defining Levels of Learning for Strengths Development Programs in Pharmacy

  • Kristin Janke University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Todd D. Sorensen University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Andrew P. Traynor Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
Keywords: strengths, education, professional development, career development


The Clifton StrengthsFinderâ„¢ is an online measure of personal talent that identifies where an individual's greatest potential for building strengths exists. This paper describes a framework for strengths education in pharmacy which includes introductory, intermediate and advanced levels of learning. The use of the StrengthsFinderâ„¢ assessment and supporting workshops aids student pharmacists, pharmacy residents and practitioners in identifying and refining their talents and connecting talents to roles in the profession. Additional learning strategies support a learner's progression to intermediate and advanced levels of learning, which focus on the application of strengths in teams, leadership, and organizational development. By articulating and recognizing levels of learning around strengths-related content and skills, strong instructional design is fostered. Optimal design includes development of a sequence of learning opportunities delivered over time, a roll-out plan and consideration of the instructional resources required.


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Received 2016-02-08
Published 2010-01-01