Utility of science, technology and innovation governance for occupational discourses from the perspective of occupational therapy students
Subjectoccupational therapy; governance; science, technology, innovation; human enhancement; robotics; brain machine interface; autonomous cars; students
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AbstractBACKGROUND: Science, technology and innovation (STI) governance concerns itself with the societal impact of STI. Occupation, whether used with the meaning of paid, unpaid work or any activity that is considered meaningful to the individual on an everyday basis is one area of societal impact of STI. Fields such as occupational therapy, occupational science and occupational health and safety concern themselves with the relationship between occupation and the health and well-being of human beings albeit all with different foci. OBJECTIVE: To ascertain the knowledge of student from two Occupational Therapy programs on STI governance, specific STI products and their views on the impact of STI governance and STI products on occupational therapy and its clients. METHODS: Online survey employing Yes/No’ questions with comment boxes and open-ended textbox questions. Descriptive quantitative and thematic qualitative data was generated. RESULTS: Students were unfamiliar with STI governance discourses but felt that they should be aware of them. Students stated that how one governs STI impacts occupational therapy on all levels and that the occupational therapy community has expertise that would enrich STI governance discourses around occupation. CONCLUSION: Education actions seem to be warranted on the level of students and practitioners by the occupational therapy and STI governance communities.
CitationDjebrouni, M., Phelan, S. K., Aldersey, H. M., & Wolbring, G. (2019). Utility of science, technology and innovation governance for occupational discourses from the perspective of occupational therapy students. "WORK": 2019: 64(2). pp. 249-270. doi: 10.3233/WOR-192990.
InstitutionUniversity of Calgary
University of Alberta
Queens University, Kingston, Ontario