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ERIC Number: EJ1132536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-1243
The Occupation and Participation Approach to Reading Intervention (OPARI): A Community of Practice Study
Grajo, Lenin C.; Candler, Catherine
Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, v10 n1 p90-99 2017
We employed a community of practice to expand the application of the Occupation and Participation Approach to Reading Intervention (OPARI) and build the capacity of practitioners to support children with reading difficulties. Twelve pediatric practitioners participated in a community of practice for 7 months. We used a one group--pretest-posttest--mixed-methods design to measure changes in the knowledge, beliefs, and actions of the participants using a questionnaire and qualitative analysis of discussion documents. We found statistically significant changes (p < 0.009) in pretest and posttest scores of participants, indicating change in their ability to support the needs of children with reading difficulties. Qualitative findings support the process of change, continued professional development, and application of the OPARI principles. This community of practice process served as an effective means of translating knowledge and gaining insights concerning how the OPARI can be applied in daily practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri (Saint Louis)
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