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ERIC Number: ED012790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug-31
Pages: 245
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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A FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OF PARAMEDICAL OCCUPATIONS AS A FOUNDATION FOR CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT.
DECKER, JOHN P.
A MAJOR PURPOSE OF THIS PROJECT WAS THE DERIVATION OF A PROCEDURE FOR ANALYZING THE FUNCTIONS OF A MEDICAL LABORATORY ASSISTANT IN SUCH A WAY THAT CHARACTERISTICS USUALLY DESCRIBED ABSTRACTLY AS SKILL OR BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE, WHICH CAN BE EVALUATED ONLY INTUITIVELY AND SUBJECTIVELY, CAN BE DEFINED INSTEAD IN CONCRETE TERMS THAT CAN BE DEALT WITH RATIONALLY AND OBJECTIVELY. THE PROCEDURE USED WAS AN ADAPTION OF "EVENTAL ANALYSIS," AN ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUE DEVELOPED MUCH EARLIER BY THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR FOR COMPLEX PROBLEMS OF ECOLOGICAL SUCCESSION. "EVENTAL ANALYSIS" CONSISTS ESSENTIALLY OF MAKING ALL KEY STATEMENTS REDUCIBLE TO PHILOSOPHICAL FUNDAMENTALS, THAT IS, TO STATEMENTS OF CHILDLIKE SIMPLICITY ABOUT REAL OBJECTS AND REAL EVENTS. BECAUSE EXPERIENCE IS THE DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC OF THE TRAINED ASSISTANT, AS COMPARED TO THE NOVICE, EVENTAL SPECIFICATION OF THE PRIMARY COMPONENT OF THE QUALITY "EXPERIENCE" WAS NARROWED TO A LIST OF ERRORS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM. FOR EACH LABORATORY PROCEDURE SELECTED FOR STUDY, THREE TEXTBOOKS WERE SEARCHED FOR ERRORS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROCEDURES, AND THE DATA WERE ASSEMBLED AS A LIST OF PROBLEMS (OBSERVATIONS OF ERRONEOUS RESULTS) WITH EXPLANATIONS AND CORRECTIVE ACTIONS. THE FINAL DATA WERE ASSEMBLED AS APPENDIX A OF THIS REPORT. EXAMINATION QUESTIONS WERE DERIVED FROM THE DEFINITIVE PROBLEMS OF APPENDIX A AND WERE ASSEMBLED AS APPENDIX B. (PS)
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Authoring Institution: Arizona Health Services Education Association, Phoenix.
Identifiers: Arizona (Phoenix)