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ERIC Number: ED065599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 39
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The Effects of Procedural Variation in Free-Sorting Experimentation.
Haenn, Joseph F.
Three procedures of the free-sort methodology which are usually standardized were varied in an attempt to discover the effects of such variation upon the number and nature of manifest categorizations. The conditions investigated were effectiveness of the sorting cue, the effects of the order of stimulus presentation and the effect of re-sorting. An explicit sorting cue was shown to be a highly significant determinant of the number of manifest categorizations, but not of the quality or nature of these categorizations when compared with an implicit (instructional) sorting cue. The effects of differing explicit sorting cues should be the object of further study. The effects of stimulus ordering were not significant as anticipated, although the treatment means were in the predicted order. Subjects encountering initial stimuli which were very homogeneous formed more manifest categories (means=7.88) than did subjects sorting decks with initial-heterogeneous (mean=6.45) or completely randomized (mean=6.76) stimuli. Subjects encouraged to re-sort their manifest categorizations formed categories which were significantly different in nature, but not in number, from the categorizations of subjects who were not encouraged to re-sort. In addition, there was a significant interaction effect between re-sorting and type of sorting cue. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AERA (April, 1972, Chicago, Ill.) (Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Qualitative Analysis: Techniques, Measurements and Strategies)