Intercultural OT: Learning, reflection and transformation

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This article presents some of the findings of a phenomenologically oriented qualitative study undertaken with occupational therapy students in Auckland, New Zealand. The 17 student participants were drawn from a first year cohort at the beginning of their 3-year degree programme. Students underwent a cycle of qualitative interviews during their education with the aim of elucidating their experiences in working with people from different cultural backgrounds and understanding the processes by which they developed intercultural skills and competence. Following a phenomenological reduction of the narrative data, several important themes emerged alongside discrete clinical and educational ‘stories’. Besides issues regarding clinical preparation, clinical modelling and curriculum integration, the phenomenon of perceived selftransformation through learning to work interculturally was highlighted by participants. The process of self-reflection and self-transformation resulting from intercultural learning is the focus of this article. © 1998, MA Healthcare Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-305
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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