Understanding and Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings - Barry Saferstein

Understanding and Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings - Barry Saferstein

14. Conclusion--Professional Culture: Persistence and Change

Understanding and Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings - Barry Saferstein

Barry Saferstein [+-]
California State University, San Marcos
Professor Barry Saferstein is a cognitive sociologist whose research interests include the effects of multimedia health information technology on clinical interaction; explanations and understandings of genetics and medical information in schools, science centres, and clinics; the application of digital technologies to qualitative research methods; and the construction of ideology through mediated and face-to-face interaction. His recent work examines how professional authority affects the development of understandings. He has also published studies of agenda setting activities and the interactional construction of ideology in television production settings.

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Considering understanding in terms of the development of process narratives, grey boxes, and discourse frameworks shows that an emphasis on particular interpretive contingencies is part of the production and reproduction of professional culture. Comparing the radiology consultation and genetics learning data shows why understanding does not simply result from providing well-designed linguistic explanations and visual resources. The interrelation of interpretation activities and the information resources of particular environments can lead either to the reproduction of professional cultures that restrict understandings or to changing professional cultures in ways that benefit clients. Identifying the interpretation activities that produce the process narratives, grey boxes, and discourse frameworks explains such outcomes and their effects on understanding. Based on such research, the chapter considers systematic approaches to improving patients and students’ understandings of medical and biological information.

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Saferstein, Barry . 14. Conclusion--Professional Culture: Persistence and Change. Understanding and Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 351-356 Nov 2016. ISBN 9781845534363. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27846. Date accessed: 18 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27846. Nov 2016

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