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Research Article  |   March 2005
Scholarship and Practice: Bridging the Divide
Author Affiliations
  • Gary Kielhofner, DrPH, OTR, is Professor and Head, Wade/Meyer Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1919 West Taylor Street, 3rd Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60612; kielhfnr@uic.edu
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Departments / Research Concepts in Clinical Scholarship
Research Article   |   March 2005
Scholarship and Practice: Bridging the Divide
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2005, Vol. 59, 231-239. doi:10.5014/ajot.59.2.231
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2005, Vol. 59, 231-239. doi:10.5014/ajot.59.2.231
Abstract

There is evidence that the growth theory and research about occupation produced by academics are not consistently translated into occupational therapy practice. Rather, practitioners often report finding such theory and research to be of limited relevance to and/or difficult to implement in their everyday work. Although many factors contribute to this academic-practice gap one important contributor is how knowledge is traditionally viewed and generated in academia. Changes in traditional views about academic knowledge and its relationship to practice both outside and within occupational therapy are discussed. Ways that occupational therapy scholarship can be more clearly grounded in everyday practice are examined drawing from experience with participatory research. Consideration is given to how researchers and practitioners might share power and have a more effective dialogue.