A quick review of teleological decision-makingIn this series, I’ve introduced the concept of teleological [outcome-oriented] decision-making and the Demand-Control Schema. To review, this process requires that we:
- Be aware of our values as interpreters: accuracy, completeness, neutrality, professionalism, and so on.
- Recognize the demands being placed upon us in any given situation. What environmental, interpersonal, paralinguistic, intrapersonal, linguistic, and divergent factors are influencing the way in which we do our work?
- Identify the controls at our disposal. What are all of the things that we could do, regardless of whether or not we should do them?
- Be aware of the values of the context in which we are working. What is valued in a legal setting? A medical setting? A religious setting? A conference setting?
- Handle the demand(s) by applying the control(s) that best fits with our values as interpreters and those of the context in which we are working.