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ERIC Number: ED034023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul
Pages: 242
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Testing an Empirical Procedure for Identifying Technical Associative Conceptual Structure: Discriminating Between Workmen Within and Between Two Occupations.
Pratzner, Frank Charles
The study assessed similarities and differences between flexible (capable of performing a greater range of repair tasks) and inflexible radio communications equipment repairmen and workers, and investigated the ability of the empirical procedure to yield a composite technical conceptual structure for the combined groups of workers. Workers were asked to respond to a random sample of common and specific technical electronic word-concepts with as many technical words as possible in 1 minute. Comparisons were made by a special computer program and matrices of associative commonality measures obtained and factor analyzed. Findings included: (1) Associative meanings for one-fourth of the stimulus word-concepts were significantly different for the two groups of repairmen, (2) Flexible communications repairmen gave more responses and had a larger technical vocabulary than inflexible workers, (3) Flexible workers were significantly different for 27 percent of the common technical stimulus words sampled, and (4) Both groups of flexible workers had significantly similar associative meanings for 31 percent of the common technical vocabulary. This Ph.D. dissertation was submitted to The University of Minnesota. (GR)
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