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

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.


Sam @ AOTA said…
Chris, awesome idea! I'm glad to see new and cool tools like twitter being used. Best of luck on your project! btw AOTA is on twitter too
make sure to add us!
willwade said…
chris saw this a while ago but only taken me till now to do this.. Its a really interesting idea. No idea how you would actually seperate the occupations out from the various tweets. Would take ages and may involve some thematic analysis. there are some tips though. Get students to do a d msg to a twitter bot. That way at least it would separate the wheat from the chaff! would be fairly simple to do. give me a shout if the idea has gone any further and you need a hand with the technicalities!
Rashmi Bhatia said…
I have an idea for my Masters and I need participation from fellow clinicians.

I am undertaking a project exploring benefits and application of Yoga for post stroke clients. There is lot of research supporting the benefits of applying Yoga for various disabilities but there seems to be lack of literature on how to adapt Yoga for post stroke clients. I wish to evoke a discussion on how yoga is being adapted and applied with stroke clients and with what therapeutic gains.

I invite your participation in the discussion about Yoga and stroke at my blogsite, What is likely to emerge out of this is a real-time, practice-based information on the topic. So, please come and share your experiences, ideas, and suggestions about the topic and join in an open & healthy discussion with other like-interest practitioners.

Please share any information along the lines of what type of Yoga is used, how often, how is it adapted, which specific Yogic concepts are used, and how long it takes before the results are seen.

I project to start summarizing the blog site activities by May 15th 2009.

I sincerely appreciate your time and consideration. Your contribution is indispensable to the success of this undertaking and for future growth of knowledge in this area.

Rashmi Bhatia, OTR/L

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