ERIC Number: ED193559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Getting It Together: Gerontological Research and the Real World.
Bikson, Tora Kay
This paper presents a critical review of recent empirical and theoretical literature on information dissemination and utilization, incorporating key concepts from that body of literature into a model of effective knowledge transfer in gerontology. It assumes that the urgency and complexity of rapidly growing age-linked problems demand informed approaches to their solution. Second, the model assumes that such solutions could be met, in part, by better utilization of existing research knowledge. Third, it assumes that transfer of research knowledge in aging could be facilitated by investigating recent literature, determining what sorts of factors impede or promote that process, and including them in a set of recommendations for gerontology. These factors are discussed in terms of the knowledge resource system, the user system, and link agents. This examination of the information dissemination and utilization process concludes that neither the problem-solving model (representing the user perspective) nor the R and D model (representing the provider perspective) adequately provide for the translation of knowledge into practice. The review suggests that the linkage model provides the most promising means for securing the dissemination and utilization of new gerontological knowledge. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (60th, Honolulu, HI, May 5-9, 1980).