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Research Article  |   July 2005
The Conceptualization, Formative Evaluation, and Design of a Process for Student Professional Development
Author Affiliations
  • Lana Ledet, MA, OTR, is Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas
  • Christina Kaufman Esparza, OTR, is Instructor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas
  • Suzanne M. Peloquin, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77555-1142; speloqui@utmb.edu
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Education of OTs and OTAs / Professional Workforce and Development Issues
Research Article   |   July 2005
The Conceptualization, Formative Evaluation, and Design of a Process for Student Professional Development
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August 2005, Vol. 59, 457-466. doi:10.5014/ajot.59.4.457
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August 2005, Vol. 59, 457-466. doi:10.5014/ajot.59.4.457
Abstract

This article describes a process for student professional development and the efforts of faculty over almost 2 decades to conceptualize, formatively evaluate, and refine it. Initiated in 1987, the process underwent numerous changes to address both conceptual and pragmatic concerns derived from faculty and student ad hoc feedback. Currently in place is a process that addresses these concerns while lending itself to effective use among master’s level students. The development and iteration of the process is offered as a case for consideration by other educators engaged in similar efforts.