ERIC Number: ED031727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
The Research-Practice Gap in Vocational Rehabilitation: What's Being Done About It?
Bourque, Ellsworth J.
Responding to the problem of a lag between research advances in rehabilitation and their dissemination and utilization, the Task Force on Research Utilization (H.E.W., 1966), studied the gap and proposed the creation of a new kind of professional "change agent." Out of a later conference at the University of Florida came a very similar suggestion. As a result, a short term training program for the new "change agents" was established. These agents were to be installed into nine selected state divisions of vocational rehabilitation under five-year demonstration grants. The program for "change agents" not only offers promise of facilitating much needed innovation but also brings attention to the general problem of establishing new forms of interpersonal relationships into a rather stable, bureaucratically organized system. Conceptual questions raised in the area of vocational rehabilitation, regarding how to design a mainingful training experience, include: (1) definition of attitudes, skills, and understandings needed; (2) kind of model to be used to give greatest chance of success, and (3) areas of behavioral science to be used for theoretical guidance and training technique rationale. It is hoped that the training plan, if successful, will set a precedent for other states to follow. (Author/CJ)
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Authoring Institution: American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper was presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 30--April 3, 1969.