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Need a project for your occupational therapy master's or doctoral degree?

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:56pm
I don't have time to do it all by myself - I wish I did. Some days the ideas come flying out of my brain so fast I don't know what to do with them.

Anyway, my idea of the day is for someone to complete a qualitative study of occupational therapy student's occupations.

What could make this interesting? Use Twitter. Bring Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's data collection methods into the 21st century!

So anyone who is interested can email me proposal ideas they are willing to share - I will create a network of interested people via discussion group, and we can establish recruitment and data parameters and create a really large dataset of daily occupational therapy student occupations.

It is a learning tool and a way for us to explore how to use technology for data collection. Maybe someday the model can be applied to other populations, but for now I have a working assumption that a fair number of OT students are Twittering.

Or if you are an educator and want to try this as a class project I am happy to share some ideas.

email me at


Background reading:

Csikszentmihalyi, M. & Larson, R. (1984). Being Adolescent. New York: Basic Books.
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