Title

Examining the Persistence of Occupational Science Concepts Outlined by Dr. Adolf Meyer in His 1922 Lecture to AOTA (The Philosophy of Occupational Therapy-1922)

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Location

Studio 1

Start Time

21-10-2017 9:30 AM

End Time

21-10-2017 11:00 AM

Session Type

Theoretical Paper

Abstract

Statement of purpose: In the 100th anniversary year of occupational therapy, to examine the visionary work of Dr. Adolf Meyer (The Philosophy of Occupational Therapy (1922) and actually entitled “The Evolution and Principles of Occupational Therapy in Personal Reminiscence and Outlook”) as he identified concepts that have persisted through occupational therapy to emerge in occupational science as key concepts. The purpose is also to deliver excerpts of this classic speech while re-enacting the personage of Dr. Meyer in period costume with a Swiss-German accent as if delivering the speech to the attendees of the 1921 conference for the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy in order to provide a richer context for the examination of his ideas.

Description of methods: Participants: Literature and historical analysis, dramatic reenactment

Report of results: Following delivery of excerpts of the Philosophy of OT (1922) speech, an exploration of key occupational science concepts will be described with a brief tracing of their evolution to the science we are researching today (e.g., adaptation, temporality and time use, life-story narrative to explore occupational interests, boredom, purpose and meaning).

Implications related to occupational science: By examining the persistence of themes of occupation arising out of Dr. Meyer’s speech and paper, better understand the evolution of some of the most fundamental concepts extant in occupational science today. Explore what we can learn from more recent analyses of Meyer’s life by contemporary occupational scientists (Christiansen, 2007; Anderson & Reed, 2017; Royeen, 2017)

Discussion questions to further occupational science concepts and ideas:

Was Adolf Meyer the first occupational scientist and if so, so what?

What other concepts from Meyer’s work have you considered as useful to current occupational science?

Will developing and promoting this understanding of Meyer and Meyer’s work create new opportunities to promote occupational science within occupational therapy?

References

Anderson, Lori T., & Reed, Kathlyn L. (2017). The history of occupational therapy: The first century. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK.

Christiansen, Charles. (2007). Adolf Meyer revisited: Connections between lifestyles, resilience and illness. Journal of Occupational Science, 14(2), 63-76.

Meyer, Adolph. (1922). The philosophy of occupational therapy. Archives of Occupational Therapy, 1, 1-10.

Royeen, C. (2017). Adolf Meyer. 2017 AOTA Annual Conference and Centennial Celebration. Philadelphia, PA.

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Examining the Persistence of Occupational Science Concepts Outlined by Dr. Adolf Meyer in His 1922 Lecture to AOTA (The Philosophy of Occupational Therapy-1922)

Studio 1

Statement of purpose: In the 100th anniversary year of occupational therapy, to examine the visionary work of Dr. Adolf Meyer (The Philosophy of Occupational Therapy (1922) and actually entitled “The Evolution and Principles of Occupational Therapy in Personal Reminiscence and Outlook”) as he identified concepts that have persisted through occupational therapy to emerge in occupational science as key concepts. The purpose is also to deliver excerpts of this classic speech while re-enacting the personage of Dr. Meyer in period costume with a Swiss-German accent as if delivering the speech to the attendees of the 1921 conference for the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy in order to provide a richer context for the examination of his ideas.

Description of methods: Participants: Literature and historical analysis, dramatic reenactment

Report of results: Following delivery of excerpts of the Philosophy of OT (1922) speech, an exploration of key occupational science concepts will be described with a brief tracing of their evolution to the science we are researching today (e.g., adaptation, temporality and time use, life-story narrative to explore occupational interests, boredom, purpose and meaning).

Implications related to occupational science: By examining the persistence of themes of occupation arising out of Dr. Meyer’s speech and paper, better understand the evolution of some of the most fundamental concepts extant in occupational science today. Explore what we can learn from more recent analyses of Meyer’s life by contemporary occupational scientists (Christiansen, 2007; Anderson & Reed, 2017; Royeen, 2017)

Discussion questions to further occupational science concepts and ideas:

Was Adolf Meyer the first occupational scientist and if so, so what?

What other concepts from Meyer’s work have you considered as useful to current occupational science?

Will developing and promoting this understanding of Meyer and Meyer’s work create new opportunities to promote occupational science within occupational therapy?