Title

Research Poster Session - Diversity and culture as an integral and explicit part of occupational science and occupational therapy education

Location

Magnolia Room

Start Time

17-10-2013 6:30 PM

End Time

17-10-2013 7:30 PM

Abstract

For over a decade occupational scientists have become increasingly interested in culture and diversity and its interface with occupation, both from the standpoint of enriching knowledge of occupation and culture and better understanding the politics and power relationships resulting in disparities and all of the forms of occupational injustice extant in developed and developing nations. The importance of explicitly including culture and diversity in education has been well articulated across disciplines. Disability is commonly included with diversity, as is reflected in the current disability and diversity literature.

Objectives

1. Inform viewers of one occupational science program’s explicit inclusion of diversity and culture in its curricula

2. Report outcomes of the program as related to diversity and culture


Eastern Kentucky University's occupational science and occupational therapy department includes diversity as one of the five guiding themes for its curricula. Students address this theme in all of their courses and reflect on it specifically in their assignments and portfolios. Culture and diversity, including disabilities and disparities, are most directly addressed in two courses. The first diversity course in the curriculum was designed as an integrative seminar in the occupational science program and is now in its sixth year. A course on diversity and culture in occupational therapy was created for the new OTD program and was offered for the first time summer of 2013. This poster will briefly describe Eastern Kentucky University’s occupational science and occupational therapy curriculum model, diversity's place within it, and go on to trace how diversity and culture are addressed throughout the curricula with emphasis on the two culture and diversity courses and their outcomes. Course outcomes were measured by qualitative analysis of students’ first and final assignments in the course, which are narrative self assessments of cultural knowledge and competence. Results support the importance of emphasizing diversity and culture within the curriculum and the increased richness of understanding acquired and internalized by the students.

Contribution to Occupational Science

This educational approach and the outcomes of the courses underscore the importance of inclusion of diversity as an explicit and major theme within occupational science and occupational therapy education to support a richer, broader and more inclusive approach to the understanding of occupation and occupation based practice.

Key words: Occupational Science Education, Culture, Diversity

References

References

Balcazar, F. E., Suarez-Balcazar, Y. Taylor-Ritzler, T., Keys, C. B., (2010). Race, culture and disability: Rehabilitation science and practice, Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Black, R., M., & Wells, S. A. (2007). Culture & occupation: A model of empowerment in

occupational therapy. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Iwama, M. (2003). Toward culturally relevant epistemologies in occupational therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 57, 582-588.

Kronenburg, F., Algado, S. S., Pollard, N. (2005). Occupational therapy without borders, London: Elselvier Churchill Livingstone

Watson, R. M. (2006). Being before doing: The cultural identity (essence) of occupational therapy. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 53, 151-158.

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Research Poster Session - Diversity and culture as an integral and explicit part of occupational science and occupational therapy education

Magnolia Room

For over a decade occupational scientists have become increasingly interested in culture and diversity and its interface with occupation, both from the standpoint of enriching knowledge of occupation and culture and better understanding the politics and power relationships resulting in disparities and all of the forms of occupational injustice extant in developed and developing nations. The importance of explicitly including culture and diversity in education has been well articulated across disciplines. Disability is commonly included with diversity, as is reflected in the current disability and diversity literature.

Objectives

1. Inform viewers of one occupational science program’s explicit inclusion of diversity and culture in its curricula

2. Report outcomes of the program as related to diversity and culture


Eastern Kentucky University's occupational science and occupational therapy department includes diversity as one of the five guiding themes for its curricula. Students address this theme in all of their courses and reflect on it specifically in their assignments and portfolios. Culture and diversity, including disabilities and disparities, are most directly addressed in two courses. The first diversity course in the curriculum was designed as an integrative seminar in the occupational science program and is now in its sixth year. A course on diversity and culture in occupational therapy was created for the new OTD program and was offered for the first time summer of 2013. This poster will briefly describe Eastern Kentucky University’s occupational science and occupational therapy curriculum model, diversity's place within it, and go on to trace how diversity and culture are addressed throughout the curricula with emphasis on the two culture and diversity courses and their outcomes. Course outcomes were measured by qualitative analysis of students’ first and final assignments in the course, which are narrative self assessments of cultural knowledge and competence. Results support the importance of emphasizing diversity and culture within the curriculum and the increased richness of understanding acquired and internalized by the students.

Contribution to Occupational Science

This educational approach and the outcomes of the courses underscore the importance of inclusion of diversity as an explicit and major theme within occupational science and occupational therapy education to support a richer, broader and more inclusive approach to the understanding of occupation and occupation based practice.

Key words: Occupational Science Education, Culture, Diversity