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The Critical Reflective Muse as a Key Player in Research and Manuscript Review

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The critical reflective muse is not a new role in research. Research supervisors, mentors, professional colleagues and peer reviewers often play this role. However, the critical reflective muse is often not formally recognised as essential to the analytical and interpretive or the personal growth process, particularly in qualitative and alternative paradigm research.

This paper suggests that the people who play this role in its most positive sense are important to the development of sound research projects and analyses and interpretations of data. People who engage in this role responsibly enhance the quality of research and the research literature and can push them to new levels of quality. They enhance validity and personal and professional development. It is proposed that greater attention should be given to this occupational role as a way to develop further the quality of occupational therapy research and the related literature in order to situate them better in the corpus of contemporary health science research.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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