Engagement in occupation as an inquiring process: Exploring the situatedness of occupation

Jacob Østergaard Madsen, Staffan Josephsson

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A number of existing contributions within occupational science have
explored the situatedness of occupation by asking what. We identify this
perspective as limiting understandings of the relationship of situation
and occupation. Instead, we propose using John Dewey’s theory of
inquiry to explore the situatedness of occupation from the perspective
of how situation and occupation work together. We argue that this
approach can provide a theoretical understanding of engagement in
occupation as a natural inquiry process. Viewing occupation from this
perspective, we suggest, reveals its transformative capacity, situating it
in the doing of explorative actions, depending on contextual cues. The
implications of the suggested situatedness of occupation are discussed,
and the authors present ‘enacted situated inquiry’ as a way to further
understandings of the relationship of occupation and situation, along
with proposals for moving forward.
TidsskriftJournal of Occupational Science
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)412-424
Antal sider13
StatusUdgivet - 2017


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