Energizing occupation as the center of teaching and learning

Barbara Hooper, Maralynne D. Mitcham, Steven D. Taff, Pollie Price, Sheama Krishnagiri, Andrea Bilics

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The concept of occupation has experienced a renewal in the past 3 decades and is widely accepted as the core subject in occupational therapy. Professional education has a critical stewardship role in continually enhancing how occupation is taught and understood to enrich new occupational therapy practitioners' ability to grasp the purpose of the profession and reason clinically in complex practice environments. The authors discuss three questions that frame approaches educators can use to effectively centralize occupation in teaching and learning environments: (1) To what degree is a curriculum and its courses and class sessions subject centered? (2) To what degree do instructional processes create links to occupation? and (3) To what degree do instructional processes expose and promote complex ways of knowing needed for learning occupation? Keeping occupation in the foreground is important to facilitate new research, teaching methods, and curricular relevance to practice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2461656
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015


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