An international systematic mapping review of educational approaches and teaching methods in occupational therapy


Journal Article (Review)

Introduction: Scholars have long examined educational approaches and teaching methods in occupational therapy, producing a wide range of educational scholarship. Yet the scope of the scholarship has not been systematically categorised and described, leaving the field without a baseline and guide for its educational science. Method: A systematic mapping review identified topics, research designs, levels of impact and themes across educational scholarship. Through comprehensive database searches and inclusion and exclusion coding, 129 articles published between 2000 and 2009 were studied. Data were collected using a data extraction tool modified from Best Evidence Medical Education, entered into Microsoft Access and analysed using queries. Findings: Conceptual/ descriptive papers (n = 76) represented the primary form of inquiry. Research papers (n = 53) used qualitative designs slightly more than quantitative or mixed methods. Educational interventions (n = 22) targeted students' skills, knowledge, attitudes and perceptions, but not their behaviours, organisational change or impact on clients. Prominent themes included integrative learning, learning paradigm, complexities of practice, student reasoning and calls for reforming occupational therapy education. Conclusion: Priorities for educational research include deepen and diversify studies of local learning situations, develop profession-specific conceptual frameworks for learning and measure outcomes beyond student views of the learning activity. © The College of Occupational Therapists Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hooper, B; King, R; Wood, W; Bilics, A; Gupta, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 76 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 9 - 22

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1477-6006

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0308-0226

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4276/030802213X13576469254612

Citation Source

  • Scopus