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WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation is an interdisciplinary, international journal which publishes high quality peer-reviewed manuscripts covering the entire scope of the occupation of work. The journal's subtitle has been deliberately laid out: The first goal is the prevention of illness, injury, and disability. When this goal is not achievable, the attention focuses on assessment to design client-centered intervention, rehabilitation, treatment, or controls that use scientific evidence to support best practice.
WORK occasionally publishes thematic issues, but in general, issues cover a wide range of topics such as ergonomic considerations with children, youth and students, the challenges facing an aging workforce, workplace violence, injury management, performing artists, ergonomic product evaluations, and the awareness of the political, cultural, and environmental determinants of health related to work.
Dr. Karen Jacobs, the founding editor, and her editorial board especially encourage the publication of research studies, clinical practice, case study reports, as well as personal narratives and critical reflections of lived work experiences (autoethnographic/autobiographic scholarship),
Sounding Board commentaries and
Speaking of Research articles which provide the foundation for better understanding research to facilitate knowledge dissemination.
Narrative Reflections on Occupational Transitions, a new column, is for persons who have successfully transitioned into, between, or out of occupations to tell their stories in a narrative form. With an internationally renowned editorial board,
WORK maintains high standards in the evaluation and publication of manuscripts. All manuscripts are reviewed expeditiously and published in a timely manner.
WORK prides itself on being an author-friendly journal.
WORK celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015.
*WORK is affiliated with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)* *WORK is endorsed by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA)* *WORK gives out the yearly Cheryl Bennett Best Paper Award*
Abstract: Objective: This paper aims to decode the activity of Human Resources (HR) professionals responsible for evaluating continuing vocational training. It is based on the understanding of the different "time frames" involved in the development of the evaluation process as well as the reasons that justify the options for different implementation methods in the world of work. Methods: Document analysis of the training evaluation process implemented in two companies and comparison of the results obtained in the evaluation of…a specific training session using two different evaluation methods. Results: In both cases the companies largely adopted the Kirkpatrick's model to evaluate training, although they hardly exceed the evaluation level reaction to training. One of the two companies offered the opportunity to carry out an evaluation procedure inspired in an alternative model that confirms that different evaluation methods lead to different analysis produced by the trainees regarding the process they have experienced. Conclusions: The choice for a specific training evaluation model usually depends on administration "time frames" and options and it usually entails a consensus that considers training evaluation as the fulfillment of previously determined standard procedures. Nevertheless, the use of alternative evaluation methods, as a complement to that already in use, may be the right way to revisit the questions which originated the training course and rethink not only its original design but also the working conditions associated to it.
Keywords: Kirkpatrick's approach, activity and training analysis, procedures