Research Projects of Interest

This space is dedicated to sharing information on Aotearoa New Zealand research projects of interest to you.

PRPP Research

Research Question:
What are the experiences of occupational therapists in Aotearoa New Zealand applying the Perceive, Recall, Plan and Perform System of Task Analysis (PRPP) into their practice?

Researcher: Wendy Burrows is presently studying for her Masters of Health Science at AUT University, Auckland

Supervisors: Professor Clare Hocking (Principal Supervisor) and Dr Christine Chapparo (Second Supervisor)

Update: Wendy is currently writing up her thesis.

To find out more about the project, receive the information sheet, ask questions and express your interest, please use the form below to email Wendy.

Supervision Research

Research Question:
What discourses are at play that impact the supervision relationship and process for occupational therapists in the Aotearoa New Zealand healthcare context? A Critical Discourse Analysis

Researcher: Carolyn Simmons Carlsson is currently studying for her Doctor of Health Science at AUT University, Auckland

Supervisors:  Professor Clare Hocking (Principal Supervisor) and in progress (Second Supervisor)

Carolyn is applying Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) methodology to focus on her research question; in particular the range of different and potentially conflicting discourses that expose occupational therapy supervisors and supervisees to possible confusion and risk in supervision. Data sources are written texts drawn from publically accessible domains such as supervision documents from professional and regulatory websites, relevant workplace policies and guidelines and disciplinary cases citing supervision.  Using CDA documents will be analytically examined to tease out and understand the main discourses for supervision, including any socially-situated meanings within the discourses that may influence and shape the nature of supervision for occupational therapists. The aim is to explore the discursive effects impacting supervision for the occupational therapy profession; demystify any taken for granted concepts and highlight some of the tensions, risks and potential power dynamics at play. Findings will be of interest to all occupational therapists and their supervisors and employers, as well as the professional association and responsible authority, other allied health professions who engage in supervision and for those who wish to understand supervision through a critical lens.


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