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Research Article  |   October 1998
Transitional Portfolios: Orchestrating Our Professional Competence
Author Affiliations
  • Patricia Crist, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Chair and Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Duquesne University, John G. Rangos, Sr., School of Health Sciences, Room 227, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15282-0020
  • Bonita L. Wilcox, PhD, is Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Kelly McCarron, MEd, OTR/L, is Instructor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Article Information
Professional Issues / Special Issue on Professional Competence
Research Article   |   October 1998
Transitional Portfolios: Orchestrating Our Professional Competence
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1998, Vol. 52, 729-736. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.9.729
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1998, Vol. 52, 729-736. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.9.729
Abstract

Reflective professional development results from thoughtful planning of goals and meeting learning objectives. With rapid changes in health care resulting in major reevaluation and even modification of the role and functions of an occupational therapy practitioner, producing a historical record of competencies in order to learn from one’s own experience and to plan for change is essential. A new use of the portfolio is presented to show that a portfolio can be more than the typical repository of completed projects. The transitional portfolio is introduced as a tool for one to self direct professional development through thoughtful engagement with artifacts created during one’s career in relationship to professional goals and desired roles. The transitional portfolio process is holistic, flexible, and reflective. It can serve as a way to document accumulated knowledge and skill acquisition as well as facilitate thoughtful, planned reflection on one’s career development in occupational therapy. This article describes the use of transitional portfolios to connect professional development learning experiences, accomplishments, and future opportunities for occupational therapy practitioners.