This is my first post using the Performancing Firefox extension, so hopefully it’ll come out OK.
I’m taking an elective from a different discipline than occupational therapy (OT), and I’ve found several differences. The one that stands out the most, however, is the lack of ability for people to give a presentation and give out handouts without mistakes. There are 4 OT students in this class, and it has come to the point where we make it into a game to see just how many mistakes we can find. For example, last week, one guy was giving his presentation on a case study from a textbook. In his four-page handout, I counted 28 mistakes that should have been very obvious had he only looked it over one time. I mean, how can someone confuse ‘foreman’ with ‘foramen?’
If this was happening to only one or two people, I would be able to understand it, but when it happens as consistently as its been happening, something is wrong. Anyone who is in a 600’s level graduate course should know basic spelling and grammar. The fact that in one night I found over 20 mistakes on two separate handouts from two people says that something is wrong. I know that if I were to hand in a paper with that many mistakes in the OT department, it would be returned to me by the teacher. If I was the teacher, I’d return it. I don’t know if our writing is just that good (I doubt it), or if their writing is just that bad. It’s scary to think that these people will be healthcare managers.