ERIC Number: ED232606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Utilization of Participatory Electronic Technology in Group Communication and Decision-Making Processes. AIR 1983 Annual Forum Paper.
Roberts, Adrian R.; Garg, Devendra P.
The use of an electronic feedback system, the Anonymous Audience Response System (AARS), in educational decision making is described, and the results of use studies in North Carolina are discussed. The AARS insures anonymity of an individual participant's responses, and at the same time, provides immediate feedback of the group's collective responses on any question under consideration. Seven procedural steps that can be taken in the development of a specific issue when AARS is used are identified. Research on the use of AARS by 18 North Carolina school districts is also examined. A total of 269 group participants and 18 group leaders used AARS in the 36 planning/decision-making meetings during 8 months. The research focused on participants' attitudes concerning certain features of group meeting settings incorporating use of electronic feedback. In addition, features of group meetings were compared for electronically aided meetings and traditional meetings. Findings include the following: medium and large school district members responded more favorably toward AARS and its use in decision making than did small district members, and further time/experience in using AARS produced less disagreement in participants' attitudes concerning the system and its use. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; Anonymous Audience Response System
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (23rd, Toronto, Ontario, May 23-26, 1983).