Personal Experience and Scholarly Work

I have used my own experiences — both personal and professional — to illustrate many of the concepts and topics in this book.  This style of scholarly writing has been referred to “a new brand of scholarship.”  My reason for doing this is to stimulate students and readers to think about their own lives and personal experiences, and to begin to relate theory, clinical work, and professional concepts to their own everyday lives.  What are your thoughts about the effectiveness or in-effectiveness of this approach in terms of acquiring deeper understandings of everyday occupation and meaning?  Some feedback that I have gotten is strongly positive, but at least one person commented that there was too much text of my own experiences.  Let me know what you think!

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