Internationalising occupational therapy education

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Internationalisation in higher education involves the incorporation of international themes into teaching and learning and is an important tool that occupational therapy education programmes can use to prepare students to work in culturally diverse environments. Research indicates that internationalised education programmes aid students in developing a better understanding of their own values and beliefs, an understanding of and respect for other cultures, a wider view of their profession, and verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Recent developments in occupational therapy, such as the understanding of how international issues affect daily occupations, the changing demographics of the client base and the widening scope of practice, have increased the need for education programmes to embrace internationalisation.


Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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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

    Submissions can be made at

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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