Community development in occupational therapy education

learning from global experiences


Occupational therapists consider community-centered practices such as community development<br/>essential practice domains. In some parts of the world, community development is strongly embedded<br/>in occupational therapy practice, while in other places this approach is emerging and need strengthening.<br/>This chapter outlines the synergy between occupational therapy, community development, sustainable<br/><br/>development, and critical citizenship. In doing so, it will consider the profession’s understanding of the<br/>value of an occupational perspective in critically addressing community issues and aiming for sustainable<br/>development. A module to prepare occupational therapy students for their potential role in community<br/>development processes is associated with case studies from three different continents. These examples<br/>give a rich image of community development approaches within occupational therapy practice.

Reference Engelen, A.-M., Regina Silva, C., Zango Martin, I., Gracia Cloete, L., Schiller, S., Nyirankumbuye Kagwiza, J., Hengelaar, R., & Celik, Z. (2020). Community development in occupational therapy education: learning from global experiences. In S. Saúde , M. A. Raposo , N. Pereira , & A. I. Rodrigues (Eds.), Teaching and learning practices that promote sustainable development and active citizenship (pp. 276-305). IGI Global Publishing.
Published by  Urban Vitality 30 October 2020

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Oct 2020


Anne-Mie Engelen
Carla Regina Silva
Inmaculada Zango Martin
Lizahn Gracia Cloete
Sandra Schiller
Jeanne Nyirankumbuye Kagwiza
Zeynep Celik

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