This research identifies how community-based learning influences student knowledge of the occupational therapy profession. Student perceptions were analyzed after attending an exhibit on cultural tattooing.
This Scholarship of Teaching and Learning study uses thematic analysis to understand how a community-based learning experience influenced occupational therapy students' knowledge of the profession. After attending an exhibit on cultural tattooing, student perceptions were analyzed using deductive coding corresponding to seven curricular threads. The themes that emerged from the iterative coding process were socialization to the profession and diversity, equity, and inclusion. In conclusion, a community-based learning activity is a valuable teaching method for making curricular connections and deepening student understanding of the occupational therapy profession. Additionally, students gave explicit examples of increasing cultural awareness for clinical practice.
Community-Based Learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Socialization to the Profession
1. [Caring] Increase interest in developing a community-based
2. [Action] Describe how a community-based learning activity ignites
advocacy and promotes cultural awareness.
3. [Integration] Connect novel learning experiences to curricular
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