Title

Learning About Occupation in an International Setting

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Kate Barrett

Start Time

16-10-2002 12:00 AM

End Time

18-10-2002 12:00 AM

Abstract

What is the value of learning about the individual and collective meaning that occupation holds in an international setting? The Creighton University occupational therapy program has offered month long experiences for students and professionals in the Dominican Republic and/or Ecuador yearly since 1995. Throughout this program, it seems that students and professionals gain an understanding of occupation that is different than that which is gained through experiences and studies in the United States. As a result, the author has been inspired to ask many questions such as: How does learning about occupation in an international setting differ from learning about occupation in a domestic setting? What is it that is learned about occupation in an international setting that is different? And, can what is learned in an international setting be replicated in a domestic setting?

In this preliminary study, the author has reflected upon her personal experiences of learning and teaching about occupation in international and domestic settings. Based upon this reflection and informal interviews with past program participants, questions have been developed to ascertain how participants learn about occupation differently in an international setting compared to a domestic setting.

In this presentation, the author will share her own reflections on leaning and teaching about occupation in an international setting, themes from the informal interviews, questions and emerging themes gained from the in-depth interviews, as well as possible directions for future studies. The audience will be asked to discuss ideas they may have for future studies regarding learning about occupation in an international setting.

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Learning About Occupation in an International Setting

What is the value of learning about the individual and collective meaning that occupation holds in an international setting? The Creighton University occupational therapy program has offered month long experiences for students and professionals in the Dominican Republic and/or Ecuador yearly since 1995. Throughout this program, it seems that students and professionals gain an understanding of occupation that is different than that which is gained through experiences and studies in the United States. As a result, the author has been inspired to ask many questions such as: How does learning about occupation in an international setting differ from learning about occupation in a domestic setting? What is it that is learned about occupation in an international setting that is different? And, can what is learned in an international setting be replicated in a domestic setting?

In this preliminary study, the author has reflected upon her personal experiences of learning and teaching about occupation in international and domestic settings. Based upon this reflection and informal interviews with past program participants, questions have been developed to ascertain how participants learn about occupation differently in an international setting compared to a domestic setting.

In this presentation, the author will share her own reflections on leaning and teaching about occupation in an international setting, themes from the informal interviews, questions and emerging themes gained from the in-depth interviews, as well as possible directions for future studies. The audience will be asked to discuss ideas they may have for future studies regarding learning about occupation in an international setting.