Social reconstruction, technology and
personal relevance are the three categories from this column that is needed for
my presentation to policy makers. Social
reconstruction identifies the ills of society and change needed to solve
them. Social reconstruction takes up the
biggest percentage of this section because there are currently barriers to PT
practice when it comes to practicing in a different state in which a therapist
had attained his or her license. In adopting
the compact licensure, there are many scenarios it could greatly benefit such
as the rural resident, the traveling physical therapist, those with active duty
army spouses, an understaffed clinic, or a homebound patient who could make use
of telehealth services. In short, it
could greatly impact the profession’s mobility.
It also claims to save hassle.
For example, the costs of being in the compact system will be less than
having licenses in each state you want to practice in because once a part of
the compact, the therapist will get a license from each participating state,
which is currently at least ten.
The next two important categories are
technology and personal relevance.
Technology holds a part of this presentation because of telehealth. Telehealth is a new means of delivering care
electronically by the use of enhanced virtual health services. It has been used in various fields of health
care including dentistry, home health, schools and any type of long distance
clinical health care.
Lastly, no presentation is complete
without personal relevance. The big
“why” is what moves many of us to take action and make a change. This “why” is especially innate in New
Yorkers who are always up and about making commutes. Currently, many millennials are in school to
become a DPT. In a few years, Generation
Y will make up the future profession of physical therapy. This generation grew up in the booming age of
digital media and see themselves as members of the global community. They love traveling, immersing themselves in
diversity and living in the moment. This
is the direction in which the world is going and it is in New York’s best interest
to benefit its therapists and the profession by joining this compact.
The learning theories I have chosen to
use for this presentation are Gestalt Problem Solving and the Piaget Cognitive
Structure. Although already enacted,
this legislation is in its new
stages and still need to be both understood and optimized.
Gestalt Problem Solving takes up three fourths of this category while the later
only takes up a quarter. Although understanding
the physical therapy compact licensure on a cognitive level is important, deciding
whether or not to adopt the physical therapy compact licensure involves heavy
problem solving. Gestalt Problem Solving
embodies what policy makers do in their careers. They are required to absorb large amounts of material
and are challenged to find optimal solutions that
balance the interests of two groups. Thus, using this learning theory to appeal to them will set
this presentation apart from the other meetings that they attend on a daily
the Piaget Cognitive Structure helps one to develop their knowledge over time,
using this learning theory in the presentation will help policy makers
understand the topic. Even though humans
are wired with the desire to learn, we do not grasp new sets of ideas all at
once. Instead, we relate each of our
experiences to each other and develop schemes that influence the way we think
and navigate certain circumstances. Therefore,
it is important that the presentation utilizes good logic, reasoning and flow.
For domains of learning, the cognitive
and affective domains will be split equally in the presentation. Cognitive learning involves six subsets
organized into a triangular chart and is effective for this presentation
because it stresses the functions of remembering, understanding, applying,
analyzing, evaluating and creating.
These are all useful for policy makers to problem solve. In order for them to create the legislation
in New York, they must evaluate the pros and cons. In order to do this, they must evaluate the
licensure compact for what it is and see if it can be integrated smoothly into
the way New York runs. To successfully
do all of the above, policy makers must truly understand the purpose of the
interstate licensure. For policy makers
to achieve this goal, it comes back to remembering the important points stated
in our presentation. This links back to
the Piaget Cognitive Structure and shows that both work hand in hand to enhance
Equally important to the cognitive
domain is the affective domain. The
affective domain is important because it is more feelings based. Legislating this compact involves risk, but
also the opportunity for the physical therapy field to grow. Therefore, it contains the subsets of
receiving, responding, valuing, organizing and characterizing. Also, passing this may open doors for
collaboration, controversial debate and the exchange of feelings and
opinions. These are the things that
change is made of. It relates back to
personal relevance in the philosophical orientation. This affective domain cannot exist without one’s
acknowledgement and intent on a certain matter as well as where this matter
falls in their beliefs and spectrum of importance. As a presenter, I will use this domain to
appeal to them as a reflection of their values.
Hopefully, the policy makers will respond accordingly by acting on their
All four learning styles will be used in
equal amounts for this presentation. When
it comes to educators and presenters alike, many of us have teaching styles
that differ with our audience’s learning style.
For this reason, it is important to include all of the learning styles
in the presentation. The more styles
from Kolb’s Inventory that are used, the more active the participation will be
from the other side. The four styles in
Kolb’s Inventory are concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract
conceptualization and active experimentation.
Having an experience, reflecting on the experience, learning from the
experience and testing what you have learned is the basis of the learning process. His research shows that it is important to
use all four modes in order for learning to be effective. This is in agreement with a study done in
1985 by Paul Bauman that shows state policymakers have developed all four
learning modes. Therefore, all four
styles must be used in this presentation to maximize the engagement of policy