Towards a Theory of Practice
Authors: Nixon, Jon; Creek, Jennifer
Source: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 69, Number 2, February 2006 , pp. 77-80(4)
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Abstract:In occupational therapy, theorising is an integral part of practice and theory is shaped by practice. This paper suggests that we do theory by developing collaborative models of thoughtful practice that work within specific contexts. It begins by looking at how the nature of professionalism is changing in response to social and political changes. It argues that any claim to professional status is based on the ability to make informed and authoritative judgements. Professional judgements are described as complex and morally purposeful and as being made within a social context. The paper then addresses how thoughtfulness relates to professional practice. Three dimensions of thoughtfulness are discussed: the deliberative, the public and the reflexive. The final section of the paper considers what theory means for professional practitioners; that is, how occupational therapists use theory in order to theorise our own practice.
Document Type: Short Communication
Publication date: 2006-02-01
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.
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