Title

Understanding the Global Power of Occupational Performance: A Brief Exploratory study of the Characteristics of Individuals who have Changed the World

Presenter Information

Moses N. Ikiugu

Start Time

25-10-2008 3:00 PM

End Time

25-10-2008 3:30 PM

Abstract

In an earlier study, Ikiugu, Anderson, and Anderson (2007) concluded that occupational scientists could help resolve pressing global problems such as poverty and global warming by educating individuals so that their choices and occupational performance patterns were consistent with amelioration of the issues. Ikiugu (2008) set out to create a framework to guide such education. As part of this process, he endeavored to find out whether there were characteristics that individuals could inculcate so that they were more effective in changing global events. He therefore completed a study to determine some of the characteristics of famous individuals who have significantly impacted the world in recent history. The study was completed using phenomenological and heuristic designs (Moustakas, 1990; Speziale & Carpenter, 2003). Participants were 17 individuals who were famous for having had a significant impact in the world in the 20th century. They included Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and Pope John Paul II. Phenomenological methods were used to analyze their speeches to determine their; personal experiences, thoughts, beliefs, values, and opinions about humanity and the world; perception of right and wrong; and human responsibility in the world. Heuristic methods including engagement, immersion, incubation, illumination, and synthesis were used to analyze their biographical information. Findings indicated that actions of the study participants as they pursued their daily occupations were guided by a clear vision which was rooted on empathy, deep love for, and a sense of connectedness with humanity. This empathy arose from sensitivity born of self-enlightenment, which led to self-understanding and an acute consciousness of conditions of injustice that afflicted fellow human beings. It was concluded that a framework for education to facilitate change in occupational performance patterns for the purpose of improving conditions in the world needed to include enhancement of individual self-understanding as well as empathy for other human beings and all living things on our planet. Based on this empathy, one could develop a vision that would guide his/her choices and performance patterns as he/she pursues daily occupations, so that performance is consistent with amelioration of the global issues.

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Understanding the Global Power of Occupational Performance: A Brief Exploratory study of the Characteristics of Individuals who have Changed the World

In an earlier study, Ikiugu, Anderson, and Anderson (2007) concluded that occupational scientists could help resolve pressing global problems such as poverty and global warming by educating individuals so that their choices and occupational performance patterns were consistent with amelioration of the issues. Ikiugu (2008) set out to create a framework to guide such education. As part of this process, he endeavored to find out whether there were characteristics that individuals could inculcate so that they were more effective in changing global events. He therefore completed a study to determine some of the characteristics of famous individuals who have significantly impacted the world in recent history. The study was completed using phenomenological and heuristic designs (Moustakas, 1990; Speziale & Carpenter, 2003). Participants were 17 individuals who were famous for having had a significant impact in the world in the 20th century. They included Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and Pope John Paul II. Phenomenological methods were used to analyze their speeches to determine their; personal experiences, thoughts, beliefs, values, and opinions about humanity and the world; perception of right and wrong; and human responsibility in the world. Heuristic methods including engagement, immersion, incubation, illumination, and synthesis were used to analyze their biographical information. Findings indicated that actions of the study participants as they pursued their daily occupations were guided by a clear vision which was rooted on empathy, deep love for, and a sense of connectedness with humanity. This empathy arose from sensitivity born of self-enlightenment, which led to self-understanding and an acute consciousness of conditions of injustice that afflicted fellow human beings. It was concluded that a framework for education to facilitate change in occupational performance patterns for the purpose of improving conditions in the world needed to include enhancement of individual self-understanding as well as empathy for other human beings and all living things on our planet. Based on this empathy, one could develop a vision that would guide his/her choices and performance patterns as he/she pursues daily occupations, so that performance is consistent with amelioration of the global issues.