Getting it together: gerontological research and the real world

by Tora K. Bikson

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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. This examination of knowledge transfer processes in relation to the field of aging assumes that given increasingly urgent, complex and rapidly growing age-linked problems, informed approaches to their solution are especially needed. Second, it assumes that such needs could in part be met 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 knowledge resource system, the user system and link agents.

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