ERIC Number: ED289028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation into Team Member Perceptions of Communication in the Individual Program Planning System at the Vocational and Rehabilitation Research Institute.
A study investigated the nature of communication related to the Individual Program Planning (IPP) client servicing system at a rehabilitative vocational training research institute. Respondents included family members, staff, and other professionals who work on IPP teams. The questionnaire measured respondent attitudes toward the frequency, completeness, understandability, usefulness, and formality of communication; preferences for communication types, formality, and frequency; and understanding of the IPP process. Results showed overall uncertainty as to the adequacy of IPP-related communication. Problem areas were confusion resulting from team member changes; definition of team member responsibilities; comprehensibility and completeness in conference setting; knowledge of function of general referral form; frequency of meetings and telephone calls; completeness of memo information; general outlook of communication; and team member awareness of clients' status in other environments. Meetings and telephone communication were the most preferred methods of communication. Slight preference was given to informal communication. (Appendixes, amounting to almost one-half of the report, include tables, responses to open-ended questions, and the instrument.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Communication Audits, Foreign Countries, Individualized Programs, Organizational Communication, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Youth
Vocational and Rehabilitation Research Institute, 3304 33 Street, NW, Calgary, Alberta T2L 2A6, Canada.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alberta Social Services and Community Health, Edmonton.
Authoring Institution: Vocational and Rehabilitation Research Inst., Calgary (Alberta).
Note: Also funded by the Summer Temporary Employment Program.