ERIC Number: ED233280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Communicating Counseling Research Using Formal English and Computer Models.
Hummel, Thomas J.
This document discusses the creation of a new formal language for the field of counseling psychology. Constructs for such a language are applied specifically to the communication of research information (especially research concerned with the effects of counselor action on clients) for experimental replication. Grammatical concepts of a formal language are described, i.e., syntactic categories (called nonterminal symbols), terminal symbols of the language (English words), and rewrite rules for combining symbols into strings (such as sentences). An argument is made for the use of a computer language as the vehicle for communicating explicit information about counseling actions, and examples of possible rewrite rules for counseling language are given. A strategy is presented to translate counseling language into a form recognizable by a computer, using an "interpreter," i.e., a computer program which would interpret the counseling language. The tasks of the interpreter are described, and the design of the interpreter program is discussed. Tables are given which provide examples of input to the interpreter. (WAS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Canada, April 11-14, 1983).