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The Process of Interprofessional Teamwork between Occupational Therapy and Psychology Students
Collaborating Across Borders II: Building Bridges Between Interprofessional Education and Practice (2009)
  • Dana Howell, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Peggy Wittman, Eastern Kentucky University
Abstract
Background/Rationale: Although interprofessional learning has been promoted as an effective means of educating students, the actual process of collaborative learning between students from different professions has not been fully examined, particularly between occupational therapy and psychology. The literature contains many anecdotal examples of successful ways for students to collaborate, yet most focus on the process of developing a course rather than the process of collaborative learning. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the process of how graduate students from occupational therapy and psychology worked together to provide intervention during a semester-long social skills group for children with autism. Methods/Methodology: Participants for this qualitative study included graduate students from occupational therapy and psychology, as well as faculty members who supervised the students. Data was collected via audio-taped semi-structured interviews with students and faculty, video-taped observations of student planning meetings, and field notes of observed interdisciplinary interactions. Data was analyzed by coding significant statements and observations, grouping statements into units of meaning, and generating thick, rich descriptions of the participants’ perceptions. Results: Early emerging themes include: Appreciating interprofessional collaboration, sharing professional knowledge, Valuing different perspectives, Sharing resources, Promoting interprofessional collaboration, and Learning to work through differences. Conclusions: This research describes the process of interprofessional learning between occupational therapy and psychology students working collaboratively in a practice setting. These findings will aide in designing more effective interprofessional learning experiences. Research/ innovation focus: This presentation is research focusing on linking the themes of interprofessional education and practice.
Keywords
  • interprofessional education occupational therapy psychology
Publication Date
May, 2009
Citation Information
Dana Howell and Peggy Wittman. "The Process of Interprofessional Teamwork between Occupational Therapy and Psychology Students" Collaborating Across Borders II: Building Bridges Between Interprofessional Education and Practice (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/danahowell/40/