Professional Identity Formation: A Qualitative Study of Students in an Entry-Level Masters Occupational Therapy Program
The purpose of this study was to gain a preliminary understanding of students’ perspectives on professional identity formation as perceived by students in various cohorts of an entry-level masters OT program. In order to better understand the phenomenon of professional identity, researchers created a definition based on an analysis of the availed literature. Professional identity is the lifelong dynamic process of developing personal perspectives related to one’s professional roles that ultimately shape decision making skills and competence in practice. Perspectives of one's identity may be influenced by and through various roles and contexts. This conceptual definition grounded the researchers’ work and structured the study.
Humbert, Tamera Keiter; Dierken, Rebecca; Dobrzynski, Juana; and Kleindienst, Kelly, "Professional Identity Formation: A Qualitative Study of Students in an Entry-Level Masters Occupational Therapy Program" (2018). Faculty Publications. 1627.
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