ERIC Number: EJ1111026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Teachers' Perceptions of the Role of Occupational Therapist in Schools
Benson, Jeryl D.; Szucs, Kimberly A.; Mejasic, J. J.
Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, v9 n3 p290-301 2016
This article explores how teachers in the school system perceive the role of the occupational therapist. Participants of this study were 47 teachers in the school systems that currently work with an occupational therapist in a public or private school. Data were collected via an anonymous online survey and analyzed using descriptive statistics and qualitative coding. The majority of the participants view occupational therapists as valuable team members. They report limitations to the system that challenge collaborative teaming. The participant's desire increased communication and collaboration with the occupational therapist. Occupational therapy is perceived as a valuable contribution to the educational team that is underutilized. An increase in collaboration and communication is indicated to support the educational process but will require system change.
Descriptors: Occupational Therapy, Allied Health Personnel, Role, Teacher Attitudes, Online Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Cooperation, Communication (Thought Transfer), Public School Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Preschool Education, Individualized Education Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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