ERIC Number: ED034116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Social Power in Group Discussion Literature.
Jacobson, Wally Dale
The group discussion literature was examined to determine how fully its principles had incorporated social power principles, and to incorporate relevant power principles into the principles of group discussion. Discussion principles were classified by properties of group members, properties of groups, conditions imposed on groups, interaction processes, and subjective and objective measures of member and group performance. Power principles were classified in terms of power agents, methods of exerting power, and recipients of power attempts. These were among the findings: (1) of the 84 discussion principles discussed, all but nine needed some modification to reflect established power principles and become more useful and dependable; (2) a member's influence in a group depends, not on speaking skill or the ability to use and recognize logical thinking and dialectic, but on how often he contributes to discussion; (3) recognized power discrepancies (including the much maligned element of conformity) are helpful to a group, while unsettled power structures lead to less member satisfaction and a poorer group product; (4) leaders are more successful when they participate and offer evaluations than when they serve only as process regulators. (author/ly)
Descriptors: Conformity, Doctoral Dissertations, Evaluation, Group Discussion, Group Dynamics, Interaction Process Analysis, Investigations, Participation, Performance, Power Structure
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Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis