ERIC Number: ED023974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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A Study of Work and Emotionality in a Small Adult Instructional Group.
Portal-Foster, Charles William George
Objectives of the study were to investigate relationships between and among qualities of emotion and types or levels of work orientation in small adult instructional group interaction; to discern relationships and/or behavior patterns which would be tested under laboratory conditions; and to test the consistency and utility of the Work-Emotionality Theory, which posits six emotionality types (fight, flight, dependency, counterdependency, pairing, counterpairing) and four work orientations. Subjects were 16 nursery school teachers who met for eight two-hour sessions. Data were obtained by a Q-sort administered at the first and last sessions. It was concluded that participation patterns can be predicted with Q-sort data; that group members tend to react to dynamic leadership as a unit regardless of individual tendencies; that members vary their use of emotionalities in an effort to establish their ideal group culture; that exposure to a group culture is not indicative of one's accuracy in perceiving that culture; and that the Q-sort technique, the Work-Emotionality Theory, and the analysis of case study data are all useful in the study of adult learning processes. (Included are 84 tables and figures and 63 references.) (author/ly)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Behavior Theories, Bibliographies, Doctoral Dissertations, Emotional Experience, Goal Orientation, Group Dynamics, Interaction Process Analysis, Leadership, Learning Processes, Measurement Instruments, Participation, Psychological Patterns, Research, Small Group Instruction, Statistical Data
University Microfilms, 300 Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No. 66-9955, MF $3.00, Xerography $9.70).
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis.