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Research Article  |   October 1984
Understanding Theory: The First Step in Learning About Research
Author Affiliations
  • Kathlyn L. Reed, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Chairperson, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Allied Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73190
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Research Article   |   October 1984
Understanding Theory: The First Step in Learning About Research
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1984, Vol. 38, 677-682. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.10.677
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1984, Vol. 38, 677-682. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.10.677
Abstract

This article describes a teaching method used to explain to undergraduate students how a theory is organized and how a practice model is derived based on the theory. Kielhofner’s temporal adaptation of Neville’s application of temporal adaptation in practice are used as examples of a developing theory and practice model. The relevance of theory analysis to research design and methods is stressed.