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Research Article  |   November 1982
A Heritage of Activity: Development of Theory
Author Affiliations
  • Gary Kielhofner, M.A., Dr. P.H., OTR, is Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
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Research Article   |   November 1982
A Heritage of Activity: Development of Theory
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1982, Vol. 36, 723-730. doi:10.5014/ajot.36.11.723
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1982, Vol. 36, 723-730. doi:10.5014/ajot.36.11.723
Abstract

This paper examines the nature of theory development and its implications for theory and practice in occupational therapy. The heritage of activity is traced from the early thinking of occupational therapy’s progenitors, and principles are identified from that era that are viable for today’s theory and practice. It is argued that the field (occupational therapy) should build its theory around the concept of occupation. Finally, sociopolitical issues affecting the development of theory are examined.