Storied Approaches to COVID-19 Experiences: Interweaving Folklore Methodology in Occupational Therapy Curriculum

Virginia Siegel (Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts, University of Arkansas Libraries) and Mark Koch (University of Arkansas)

This paper highlights an innovative and interdisciplinary collaboration developed by Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts (AFTA) and the University of Arkansas Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program. In 2020, AFTA developed an oral history project to document pandemic experiences in Arkansas. As part of the project, graduate students in OCTH 5332: Exploring Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy completed oral history interviews and developed occupational narratives from these interviews. This paper will examine each discipline’s approach to occupation (everything humans want, have, or need to do) and demonstrate how collaborations like this project model important intersections between the health sciences and the humanities.

Part of 24-08 Fieldwork during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Tuesday, October 19, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm