ERIC Number: ED210763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Content and Relational Interaction Analysis of High and Low Consensus Groups.
DeStephen, RoLayne S.
A study investigated whether the interaction patterns of high consensus groups differed significantly from the patterns of low consensus groups in the final stage of a decision-making task. Eighty-four college students placed into 19 groups were told to select a social problem, investigate it, and develop a solution. At the end of the three-week project, the students were administered a questionnaire that elicited the degree of their satisfaction and of their agreement with the decision of the group. D. G. Ellis's RELCOM interaction analysis was used to study the relational level in the consensus process of the groups and B. A. Fischer's Interaction Analysis System was used to examine the content of the group discussion leading to the decision. The findings indicated that both the relational and the content levels of communication were significantly different for high and low consensus groups. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).