Statement of Research Interests
The overarching aim of my scholarship is to consider practical and philosophical questions concerning the nature of knowledge relevant for professional practice in health and social care.
My scholarship contributes to understandings of professional knowledge, particularly in relation to the way knowledge is generated through reflection in and on practice - what Schön calls epistemologies of practice. I study the ways in which reflection is enacted in professional life to cultivate knowledge and inform action. My research focuses on a continuum of reflection and includes various dimensions such as reflective practice, intentional reflection, embodied reflection, critical reflection, critical reflexivity, and more receptive forms of reflection like mindfulness. One stream of my research investigates ethical tensions, moral imagination, and issues of justice in health and social care practices.
Another stream examines the arts and humanities (metaphor, arts, narrative) as a means of reflection in the preparation of practitioners. My research recognizes the perspectives of persons underrepresented in epistemic conversations (ie. practitioners in health and social care, patients, consumers, persons with disabilities, students).
In the field of occupational science, I study the occupational life worlds of health and social care
practitioners and people living with disability and illness. My work draws on various constructs including: critical disability studies, relational autonomy theory, ethics of care theories, epistemic justice, occupational justice, occupational identity, creative occupation, and end-of-life occupation.
Methodological interests include theoretical and philosophical foundations of social research, interpretive and critical research paradigms, empirical/philosophical inquiry, reflexive research and qualitative methodologies and methods.
Professional Practice & Education; Epistemologies of Practice; Reflective Practice; Reflexivity; Ethical Practice; Practical Wisdom/ Phronesis; Embodied Knowledge; Mindfulness; Epistemic Justice; Occupational Justice; Critical Disability Studies; Relational Autonomy; Ethics of Care; Occupational Therapy/Occupational Science; Knowledge Paradigms; Interpretive & Critical Research; Arts-Based Approaches; Philosophical Foundations of Qualitative Research
© Copyright E. A. Kinsella
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Science, University of Western Ontario
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
Director, Epistemologies of Practice Research Lab
Research Scientist, CERI, Centre for Education Research and Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario
Field Leader, Health Professional Education Field, Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program, University of Western Ontario
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