Event Title

Leadership reflections: A content analysis

Location

Terry

Format

Podium Presentation

Start Date

24-1-2015 11:45 AM

End Date

24-1-2015 12:15 PM

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Leadership is an essential aspect of meeting the demands of today’s healthcare and community arenas (Dunbar, 2009). In a response to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Centennial Vision (AOTA, 2007), a Professionalism and Leadership course was added to the NSU MOT curriculum. It is essential to assess the effectiveness of this initiative in its third year of implementation, in order to continue to improve educational experiences and disseminate optimal curricular strategies.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the process and outcomes of a nontraditional level I fieldwork experience related to leadership in context.

METHODOLOGY: Participants were second year MOT students in a level I fieldwork experience regarding leadership. The settings included contexts where students were exposed to opportunities to observe and demonstrate leadership. The study design was qualitative using content analysis of 10 randomly selected reflective journals. Content analysis was done through isolation and interpretation of themes as described by Denzin & Lincoln, 1998.

RESULTS: Results indicated consistent themes of student’s beginning to identify a conceptualization of leadership for themselves and for others, student’s application of leadership theory through identification of supervisor attributes as they matched with particular leadership theories, and student’s perceptions and reflections on the concept of leadership and occupational therapy practice.

CONCLUSIONS: This research is important to health care practice as it highlights students developing understanding of their roles as informal leaders in the health care arena.

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Jan 24th, 11:45 AM Jan 24th, 12:15 PM

Leadership reflections: A content analysis

Terry

INTRODUCTION: Leadership is an essential aspect of meeting the demands of today’s healthcare and community arenas (Dunbar, 2009). In a response to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Centennial Vision (AOTA, 2007), a Professionalism and Leadership course was added to the NSU MOT curriculum. It is essential to assess the effectiveness of this initiative in its third year of implementation, in order to continue to improve educational experiences and disseminate optimal curricular strategies.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the process and outcomes of a nontraditional level I fieldwork experience related to leadership in context.

METHODOLOGY: Participants were second year MOT students in a level I fieldwork experience regarding leadership. The settings included contexts where students were exposed to opportunities to observe and demonstrate leadership. The study design was qualitative using content analysis of 10 randomly selected reflective journals. Content analysis was done through isolation and interpretation of themes as described by Denzin & Lincoln, 1998.

RESULTS: Results indicated consistent themes of student’s beginning to identify a conceptualization of leadership for themselves and for others, student’s application of leadership theory through identification of supervisor attributes as they matched with particular leadership theories, and student’s perceptions and reflections on the concept of leadership and occupational therapy practice.

CONCLUSIONS: This research is important to health care practice as it highlights students developing understanding of their roles as informal leaders in the health care arena.