ERIC Number: ED050391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Research in Guidance - Some Current Issues.
Calia, Vincent F.
This paper is concerned with making current research in guidance more viable. Two suggestions are proposed: (1) there is a need to police manuscripts submitted to professional research journals for relevance and practicality; and (2) there is a need to involve school personnel, the practitioners in the field, in the planning, design, and conduct of viable research studies. Several impediments to this goal are noted, e.g., little internal and external pressure to change the status quo; the paucity of theories of organizations and of guidance mitigates against the building of a sound base for generating research; and organizational psychologists have not been much more successful in solving similar problems in their own field. Yet, the author is hopeful that a systems approach to research will serve to alter present priorities by: (1) mandating the necessity for a team effort; (2) maximizing the likelihood of producing usable results; (3) creating order among present diverse functions; (4) seeking ways to maximize benefits and minimize costs; and (5) by compelling guidance workers to operationalize their thinking and actions. Difficulties include prohibitive initial costs and systematizing the process and outcomes, a de-humanizing procedure in itself. (Author/TA)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.; Rhode Island Coll., Providence.
Note: Paper presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, April 4-8, 1971