ERIC Number: ED373762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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An Exploration of Closure as a Factor Influencing Group Member Satisfaction: Implications for Applications of Group Support Technology in Education.
Small, Ruth V.; Venkatesh, Murali
Research that identifies factors that facilitate information processing and enhance performance without reducing group confidence and decision satisfaction may influence future development of groupwork systems. This paper contains a review of the literature on cognitive and motivational issues in both group decision-making and learning contexts due to their dual focus on task and process satisfaction and examines the concept of closure as a possible contributor to group member satisfaction. Next, The Cognitive Closure Model of Decision Satisfaction is presented and described. This model provides a framework for research that explores the relationships among need for closure, extent of information processing, and subjective certainty (cognitive closure), as contributing factors to decision satisfaction in group contexts. Improvement of current systems that facilitate group work used in business settings offers potential for the future development of such systems for educational applications. (Contains 37 references.) (JLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1994 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (16th, Nashville, TN, February 16-20, 1994); see IR 016 784.