Title

Dewey’s Transactional Perspective: Application to Theory, Research, and Interventions

Start Time

16-10-2009 3:30 PM

End Time

16-10-2009 5:00 PM

Abstract

The philosophy of transaction espoused by John Dewey has received recent attention in the occupational science literature; however, the philosophy’s utility for occupational science and occupational therapy theory, research, and practice remain underexplored. The purpose of this panel is to offer examples of how this philosophical perspective may be used in theory, research, and interventions, and to promote discussion about the continued development of the transactional perspective in scholarship on occupation. Panelists will each give respective presentations on the following topics: Dewey’s concept of “ends-in-view” as a way to understand how occupation is structured in time and guided by morals; embodiment, functional coordination and “growth” as concepts to rethink how occupation affects well-being; ethnography as a research method for transactional inquiry; and translating the perspective into practice interventions for children. After these brief presentations, the panel will facilitate discussions with the audience about other potential applications of the concept as well as solicit feedback on the merits and disadvantages of the transactional perspective. The overall goal is to continue the development of occupational science by making a potentially powerful theoretical resource more useful in scientific application.

References

Aldrich, R. M. (2008). From complexity theory to transactionalism: Moving occupationalscience forward in theorizing the complexities of behavior. Journal of Occupational Science, 15(3), 147-156. Access Article

Cutchin, M. P., Aldrich, R. M., Bailliard, A. L., & Coppola, S. (2008). Action theories foroccupational science: The contributions of Dewey and Bourdieu. Journal of Occupational Science, 15(3), 157-165. Access Article

Dickie, V., Cutchin, M., & Humphry, R. (2006). Occupation as transactional experience: A critique of individualism in occupational science. Journal of Occupational Science,13(1), 83-93. Access Article

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Dewey’s Transactional Perspective: Application to Theory, Research, and Interventions

The philosophy of transaction espoused by John Dewey has received recent attention in the occupational science literature; however, the philosophy’s utility for occupational science and occupational therapy theory, research, and practice remain underexplored. The purpose of this panel is to offer examples of how this philosophical perspective may be used in theory, research, and interventions, and to promote discussion about the continued development of the transactional perspective in scholarship on occupation. Panelists will each give respective presentations on the following topics: Dewey’s concept of “ends-in-view” as a way to understand how occupation is structured in time and guided by morals; embodiment, functional coordination and “growth” as concepts to rethink how occupation affects well-being; ethnography as a research method for transactional inquiry; and translating the perspective into practice interventions for children. After these brief presentations, the panel will facilitate discussions with the audience about other potential applications of the concept as well as solicit feedback on the merits and disadvantages of the transactional perspective. The overall goal is to continue the development of occupational science by making a potentially powerful theoretical resource more useful in scientific application.