Elizabeth Anne Kinsella, Associate Professor

Western University

email: akinsell@uwo.ca

Statement of Research Interests  

I am interested in how practitioners negotiate the tensions between theory and practice and how knowledge is generated through professional practice - what Schön calls epistemologies of practice. I study the ways in which reflection is enacted in professional life to discern action, to foster knowledge development and exchange, to inform ethical practice, and to promote social justice.

I am engaged in theoretical work that contributes to conceptualizations of reflection, reflective practice, reflexivity, dialogue, and identity. My work also considers how humanities in health care (i.e. aesthetic, metaphoric, and narrative approaches) can foster reflection and contribute to social awareness and an ethic of care. 

In the field of occupational science I am interested in the occupational life worlds of health care practitioners and people with disabilities, and the implications for education, professional practice, and policy. My research investigates the ethical tensions that health practitioners encounter, and systemic issues that contribute to or counteract such tensions.    

In addition, occupational justice, occupational identity, creative occupation and end-of-life occupation are areas of interest. Methodologically, I am interested in social research, questions concerning epistemology, and philosophical foundations of interpretive and critical research.

Publications

  • Vanstone, M., Hibbert, K., Kinsella, EA., McKenzie, P., Pitman, A., Lingard, L. (2013). Interdisciplinary doctoral research supervision: A scoping review. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 43(2): 42-67.

  • Phelan, S. & Kinsella, E. A. (2013). Childhood, identity, and occupation: Perspectives of children with disabilities and their parents. Journal of Occupational Science. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/14427591.2012.755907.

  • Phelan, S. & Kinsella, E. A. (2013).  Picture this...Safety, Dignity and Voice - Ethical research with children: Practical considerations for the reflexive researcher. Qualitative Inquiry, 19(2), 81-90.

  • Kinsella, E. A. & Pitman, A. (Eds.) (2012). Phronesis as Professional Knowledge: Practical Wisdom in the Professions. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2012). Practitioner reflection and judgement as phronesis: A continuum of reflection and considerations for phronetic judgement. In E.A. Kinsella  & A. Pitman. (Eds.). Phronesis as Professional Knowledge: Practical Wisdom in the Professions (pp. 35-52). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

  • Kinsella, E.A. & Pitman, A. (2012).  Engaging phronesis in professional education and practice. In E.A. Kinsella  & A. Pitman. (Eds.)  Phronesis as Professional Knowledge: Practical Wisdom in the Professions (pp. 1-11). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

  • Kinsella, E. A. & Pitman, A. (2012). Phronesis as professional knowledge: Implications for professional education and practice. In E.A. Kinsella  & A. Pitman. (Eds.) Phronesis as Professional Knowledge: Practical Wisdom in the Professions (pp. 163-172). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

  • Kinsella, E. A., Caty, M.E., Ng, S., & Jenkins, K. (2012). Reflective practice for allied health: Theory and practice. In L. English (Ed.), Adult Education and Health, (pp.210-228).  Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

  • Vanstone, M., Kinsella, E.A, & Nisker, J. (2012). Information sharing to promote informed choice in prenatal screening in the spirit of the SOGC clinical practice guideline: A proposal for an alternative model.  Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada. 34(3), 269-275.

  • Higgs, J., Paterson, M. & Kinsella, E.A. (2012). Hermeneutic inquiry: Interpretation and understanding in research practice. Contemporary Psychotherapy Journal, 4(1).

  • Beynon, C., Veblen, K., & Kinsella, E. A. (2012). Epistemological spinning: What do we really know about music education in Canada? In C. Beynon & K. Veblen, Critical Perspectives in Canadian Music Education. Wilfred Laurier University Press.

  • Park Lala, A. & Kinsella, E.A.  (2011). Embodiment in research practices: The body in qualitative research. In J. Higgs, A. Titchen, D. Horsfall & D. Bridges (Eds.). Creative spaces for qualitative researching...Living research (pp.77-86). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.
  • Phelan, S. & Kinsella, E. A. (2011). Photo-elicitation interview methods and research with children:. Possibilities, pitfalls and ethical considerations.  In J. Higgs, A. Titchen, D. Horsfall & D. Bridges (Eds.). Creative spaces for qualitative researching...Living research (pp.125-134). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

  • Park Lala, A. & Kinsella, E. A. (2011).  A phenomenological inquiry into the embodied nature of occupation at end-of-life.  Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(4), 246-254.

  • Park Lala, A. & Kinsella, E. A. (2011).  Phenomenology and the study of human occupation. Journal of Occupational Science, 18 (3), 195-209.
  • Kinsella, E. A. (2010). The art of reflective practice in health and social care: Reflections on the legacy of Donald Schön. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 11(4), 565-575.

  • Kinsella, E. A & Vanstone, M. (2010).  An international conference on engaging reflection in health professional education and practice: Emerging conversations on the arts in health and social care. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 11(4), 409-415.

  • Vanstone, M. & Kinsella, E. A. (2010). Critical reflection and prenatal screening public education materials: A metaphoric textual analysis. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 11(4), 451-457.

  • Perruzza, N. & Kinsella, E. A. (2010). Creative arts occupations in therapeutic practice: A review of the literature.  British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(6), 261-268.
  • Barker, A., Kinsella, E. A. & Bossers, A. (2010). Learning in international practice placement education: A grounded theory study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(1), 29-37.
  • Kinsella, E. A. (2009). Professional knowledge and the epistemology of reflective practice. Nursing Philosophy, 11(1), 3-14.
  • Kinsella, E. A. & Whiteford, G. (2009). Knowledge generation and utilization: Toward epistemic reflexivity. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 56(4), 249-258.
  • Caty, M.E., Kinsella, E. A. & Doyle, P. (2009). Linking the art of practice in head and neck cancer rehabilitation with the scientist’s art of research: A case study on reflective practice. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 33(4), 183-188.
  • Phelan, S & Kinsella, E. A. (2009). Occupational identity: Engaging socio-cultural perspectives. Journal of Occupational Science, 16(2), 85-91.
  • Trenc Smith, K. & Kinsella, E. A. (2009). Paediatric occupational therapists' reflections on meaning in professional practice: A phenomenological study. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(4), 299-308. 

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2009). Constructivist underpinnings in Donald Schön’s theory  of reflective practice: Echoes of Nelson Goodman. In J. Willis (Ed.). Constructivist instructional design: Foundations, models and examples (pp. 265-276). Information Age Publishing.  

  • Kinsella, E. A., Park, A., Appiagyei, J., Chang, E. & Chow, D.  (2008). Through the eyes of students: Ethical tensions in Occupational Therapy practice. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(3), 176-183.

  • Kinsella, E. A, Bossers, A., & Ferreira, D. (2008). Enablers and challenges to international practice education: A case study. Learning in Health and Social Care Journal, 7(2), 79-92. 

  • Lencucha, R., Kinsella, E. A., Sumsion, T. (2008). The formation and maintenance of social relationships among individuals living with Schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 11, 330-355.

  • Kinsella, E. A., Phelan, S., DiMuzio, T. & Kwong, J. (2008). Moral Imagination: Three portraits. In J. Nisker (Ed.) From the other side of the fence: Stories from health care professionals (pp. 83-96).  Halifax, NS:  Pottersfield Press. 

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2007).  Embodied reflection and the epistemology of reflective practice.     The Journal of Philosophy of Education, 41(3), 395-409.

  • Kinsella, E. A.  (2007). Technical rationality in Schön’s reflective practice: Dichotomous       or non-dualistic epistemological position.  Nursing Philosophy, 8, 102-113. 

  • Kinsella, E. A.  (2007).  Educating socially responsive practitioners: What can the literary   arts offer health professional education?  In D. Clover &  J. Stalker (Eds.).  The arts and  social justice: Re-crafting adult education and community cultural leadership (pp. 39-58).  Leicester, UK: NIACE.
  • Kinsella, E. A. & Jenkins, K. (2007). Fostering reflective practice. In A. Bossers, M.B. Bezzina, S. Hobson, A. Kinsella, A. MacPhail, S. Schurr, T. Moosa, L. Rolleman, K. Ferguson, S. Deluca, J. Macnab & K. Jenkins. On-line preceptor education program: Preparing partners of learning in the field. www.preceptor.ca/index.html.  University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Health Sciences & The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2007). Advanced topics in reflective practice. In A. Bossers, M.B. Bezzina, S. Hobson, A. Kinsella, A. MacPhail, S. Schurr, T. Moosa, L. Rolleman, K. Ferguson, S. Deluca, J. Macnab & K. Jenkins. On-line preceptor education program: Preparing partners of learning in the field. www.preceptor.ca/index.html.  University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Health Sciences & The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2006). Constructivist underpinnings in Schön’s theory of reflective practice, Reflective Practice, 7(3), 277-286. 

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2006).  Constructions of self: Ethical overtones in surprising locations. In F. Rapport & P. Wainwright (Eds.), The self in health and illness: Patients, professionals and narrative  identity. Abingdon, UK: Radcliffe.

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2006).  Poetic resistance: Juxtaposing personal and professional discursive constructions in a practice setting.  Journal of the Canadian Association  of Curriculum Studies, 4(1), 35-49.

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2006).  Hermeneutics and critical hermeneutics: Exploring possibilities within the art of interpretation. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 7(3), Art. 19 [49 paragraphs].  

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2005). Constructions of self: Ethical overtones in surprising locations. Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities, 31, 67-71.  

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2001). Reflections on reflective practice. The Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68(3), 195-198. 

  • Kinsella, E. A. (2000). Professional development and reflective practice: Strategies for learning  through professional experience. Ottawa, ON: CAOT Publications ACE.

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  • Occupational Science Field, Health and Rehab Science Graduate Program

Associate Professor, Women's Studies & Feminist Research


Adjunct Associate Professor, RIPPLE, Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education, Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University


RESEARCH AFFILIATIONS

Director, Reflection in Professional Life Research Lab

Interdisciplinary Research in Health Professional Education and Practice Lab


Member, INSPiRE, Interdisciplinary Network for Scholarship in Professions' Research in Education, Western University

Researcher, CERI, Centre for Education Research and Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University.


Research Team & Instructional Design Member, Preceptor Education Project (PEP)