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Qualitative Research Methodologies for Occupational Science and Therapy

1st Edition

Edited by Shoba Nayar, Mandy Stanley


238 pages

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The push for evidence-based practice has increased the demand for high-quality occupational science and occupational therapy research from conceptualisation of the study through to publication. This invaluable collection explores how to produce rigorous qualitative research by presenting and discussing a range of methodologies and methods that can be used in the fields of occupational science and therapy.

Each chapter, written by an experienced researcher in the relevant methodology, includes examples of research, foundational knowledge and therapeutic applications. Including new and cutting-edge methodologies, the book covers:

  • Qualitative Descriptive
  • Grounded Theory
  • Phenomenology
  • Narrative
  • Ethnography
  • Action Research
  • Case Study
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Visual Methodologies
  • Metasynthesis
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Critical Theory and Philosophy

Designed for occupational science and occupational therapy researchers, this book develops the reader’s ability to produce and critique high quality qualitative research that is epistemologically sound and rigorous.

Table of Contents

1. Beginning Conversations Shoba Nayar & Mandy Stanley 2. Deepening Understandings Mandy Stanley & Shoba Nayar 3. Qualitative Descriptive: A very good place to start Mandy Stanley 4. Grounded Theory: Uncovering a world of process Shoba Nayar 5. Doing (Interpretive) Phenomenology Valerie Wright-St. Clair 6.Narrative Methodology: A tool to access unfolding and situated meaning in occupation Staffan Josephsson & Sissel Alsaker 7. Ethnography: Understanding occupation through an examination of culture Suzanne Huot 8. Action Research: Exploring occupation and transforming occupational therapy Clare Wilding & Danika Galvin 9. Case Study Methodology: The particular and the whole Margaret Jones & Clare Hocking 10. Critical Discourse Analysis: Opening possibilities through deconstruction Debbie Laliberte Rudman & Silke Dennhardt 11. Visual Methodologies: Photovoice in focus Eric Asaba, Debbie Laliberte-Rudman, Margarita Mondaca & Melissa Park 12. Meta-Synthesis Demystified: Connecting islands of knowledge Carolyn Murray & Mandy Stanley 13. Appreciative Inquiry: Enabling occupation through the envisioning mind Jenni Mace, Clare Hocking & Marilyn Waring 14. Interrogating Power and Reason: Critical theory and philosophy Ben Sellar 15. Closing Conversations Shoba Nayar, Mandy Stanley, Eric Asaba, Debbie Laliberte Rudman, Clare Wilding & Valerie Wright-St.Clair

About the Editors

Shoba Nayar is a Senior Lecturer in the postgraduate public health program at the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, and Associate Director of the Centre for Migrant and Refugee Research, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Shoba is President of the Association of the Journal of Occupational Science and an associate editor for the Journal of Occupational Science.

Mandy Stanley is a Senior Lecturer in the occupational therapy program at the School of Health Science and member of the International Center for Allied Health Evidence, University of South Australia, Australia. Mandy is President of the Australasian Society of Occupational Scientists and an associate editor for the Journal of Occupational Science.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / Occupational Therapy
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Nursing / Research & Theory
MEDICAL / Occupational & Industrial Medicine