Title

Poster Session - Strengthening Occupational Science Education and Developing Student Cultural Competence: An International Collaboration between Saint Louis University and the University of the Philippines.

Location

Winter Garden

Start Time

16-10-2014 6:00 PM

End Time

16-10-2014 9:00 PM

Abstract

Scholars in the field of occupational science and occupational therapy recognize the importance of culture in understanding humans as occupational beings (Hasselkus, 2011). Leppa and Terry (2004) emphasized that international collaborations are effective means in promoting cultural interactions and increasing student engagement in the teaching and learning process in the health professions. Interactions and reflections that unpack personal biases, preferences and choices can help facilitate cultural awareness (Black & Wells, 207; Baptiste, 2003). International collaboration with emphasis on critical reflection can therefore be utilized to strengthen cultural competence in occupational science and occupational therapy education.

This paper will describe a proposed international collaboration between the Saint Louis University Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (SLU-OSOT) and the University of the Philippines Manila Department of Occupational Therapy (UPM-OT). Still in its early phases, the SLU-OSOT and UPM-OT programs aim to link two foundational courses to enrich understanding of occupational science concepts and develop intercultural interactions and reflections in the understanding of humans as occupational beings. The SLU-OSOT course OCS 322 highlights the influence of various contexts in people's occupational behaviors. The UPM-OT course OT 122 covers various theories with occupational performance, engagement and participation as core principles. The proposed collaboration that will be piloted in the Fall of 2014 will include delivery of live and web-streamed inter-department lectures and presentations in the two courses; one-to-one and small group student conversations through internet-based programs and social media; various guided reflective coursework; and research on culturally-based theories of occupation. Cultural awareness will be developed by challenging UPM-OT students to develop a conceptual paper on various theories and perspectives in occupation. SLU-OSOT students will be asked to write an analysis of the different contexts that influence the occupational behaviors of their Filipino student partners. Faculty of the two courses will formulate memos and reflections based on feedback from students during class discussions and debriefings. Based on both faculty and student reflections, the value of the intercultural interactions will be analyzed in relation to impacts on occupational science and occupational therapy education.

References

Baptiste, S. (2003). Culture as environment: Complexity, sensitivity and challenge. In L. Letts, P. Rigby & D. Stewart (Eds). Using environments to enable occupational performance (pp. 81-95). Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.

Black, R.M., & Wells, S.A. (2007). Culture and occupation: A model of empowerment in occupational therapy. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Hasselkus, B.R. (2011). The meaning of everyday occupation (2nd ed). Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.

Leppa, C.J. & Terry, L.M. (2004). Reflective practice in nursing ethics education: International collaboration. Journal of Advanced Nursing, (48)2, 195-202.

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Poster Session - Strengthening Occupational Science Education and Developing Student Cultural Competence: An International Collaboration between Saint Louis University and the University of the Philippines.

Winter Garden

Scholars in the field of occupational science and occupational therapy recognize the importance of culture in understanding humans as occupational beings (Hasselkus, 2011). Leppa and Terry (2004) emphasized that international collaborations are effective means in promoting cultural interactions and increasing student engagement in the teaching and learning process in the health professions. Interactions and reflections that unpack personal biases, preferences and choices can help facilitate cultural awareness (Black & Wells, 207; Baptiste, 2003). International collaboration with emphasis on critical reflection can therefore be utilized to strengthen cultural competence in occupational science and occupational therapy education.

This paper will describe a proposed international collaboration between the Saint Louis University Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (SLU-OSOT) and the University of the Philippines Manila Department of Occupational Therapy (UPM-OT). Still in its early phases, the SLU-OSOT and UPM-OT programs aim to link two foundational courses to enrich understanding of occupational science concepts and develop intercultural interactions and reflections in the understanding of humans as occupational beings. The SLU-OSOT course OCS 322 highlights the influence of various contexts in people's occupational behaviors. The UPM-OT course OT 122 covers various theories with occupational performance, engagement and participation as core principles. The proposed collaboration that will be piloted in the Fall of 2014 will include delivery of live and web-streamed inter-department lectures and presentations in the two courses; one-to-one and small group student conversations through internet-based programs and social media; various guided reflective coursework; and research on culturally-based theories of occupation. Cultural awareness will be developed by challenging UPM-OT students to develop a conceptual paper on various theories and perspectives in occupation. SLU-OSOT students will be asked to write an analysis of the different contexts that influence the occupational behaviors of their Filipino student partners. Faculty of the two courses will formulate memos and reflections based on feedback from students during class discussions and debriefings. Based on both faculty and student reflections, the value of the intercultural interactions will be analyzed in relation to impacts on occupational science and occupational therapy education.