ERIC Number: ED179823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Information Systems and Their Use in Rehabilitation. Revised.
As our industrial-based economy changes into an information-based economy, information activities will continue to permeate rehabilitation. New technology in this area includes computerized occupational information systems used to aid vocational planning. Such systems include the federal government's Job Service Matching System, the Michigan Occupational Information System, and the federally mandated National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee together with its state-level committees. Degree of development and emphases vary from state to state, e.g., some systems permit users to "select out" jobs with prohibitive physical demands. Canada has a highly developed system, and one private one (the Guidance Information System) actually provides for both "aptitudes" and"physical demands" sets of descriptors. Two other systems have been developed specifically with rehabilitation in mind--the ESI-Hester and VOCOMP (Vocational Computer-Assisted Matching Program)--in which the counselor's key input derives from specially administered tests. Overall positive impact of such systems is acknowledged--they amplify productivity. However, they are but one element in the total environment in which computer-assisted job matching may seem like socially undesirable job tracking that fails to suggest how jobs may be restructured. More useful is to view the workplace as "person-oriented," where all workers have special needs of some sort. (CP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, Fisherville, VA.