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Title:Training in Vocational Rehabilitation
Author(s):Williams, Brent Thomas
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):James R. Farmer
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Guidance and Counseling
Abstract:Through interviews with vocational rehabilitation professionals responsible for training direct service personnel and a review of the relevant literature this study provides a summary of: (a) how these vocational rehabilitation professionals were trained; (b) what training these rehabilitation professionals would like to have received; (c) what training these rehabilitation professionals provide to the direct service personnel at their agencies; and (d) the training these rehabilitation professionals believe should be provided to any and/or all direct service personnel. The researcher found that vocational rehabilitation professionals have apparent tendencies toward: (a) being skeptical and/or denying the existence of untoward events in their subspecialties; (b) using innovation as the primary means for handling untoward events; (c) using learning functions in a fragmented manner; (d) valuing and using seemingly conflicted and/or counterproductive learning functions; and (e) being skeptical and/or denying the existence of gold standards in their subspecialties. Based on these findings, the researcher concluded that many of the interviewees were "hooked on the horns of a dilemma." While the interviewees' responses described this dilemma, the potential resolution was taken from the relevant literature. By using concepts from learning theory the paradox was reframed in terms of an emerging value for training vocational rehabilitation professionals and direct service personnel alike. The characteristics of this emerging value suggest a schema which can be used to ameliorate existing training programs, as well as facilitate the development of future training models.
Issue Date:1999
Description:117 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9945028
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1999

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