Articulating an occupational perspective

Janet Njelesani, Anna Tang, Hans Jonsson, Helene Polatajko

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Within the field of occupational science the term occupational perspective is widely used to guide research. However, when the term is used it is often not defined. To address the need for a common understanding that will enhance clarity and make theoretical understandings explicit, a scoping review of the definitional literature was conducted. It was determined that definitional clarity was necessary. This paper proposes a new definition: an occupational perspective is a way of looking at or thinking about human doing. The proposed definition is based on how the term has been defined within the literature and addresses the gaps in previous definitions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-235
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Occupational Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2014


  • Occupational perspective
  • occupational science
  • occupational therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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