ERIC Number: ED027485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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Thinking Patterns; A Study of Language as Mirror of Experience and Guide to Action.
Bircher, Andrea Ursula
This study investigated relationships among subjective experience, verbal formulations, and effective purposeful behavior in psychiatric nursing. The Quest (an unstructured, short paragraph paper and pencil test using 30 randomly chosen English words) was administered to a random sample of Northern California student nurses. A highly consistent pattern of language use emerged, virtually unaffected by characteristics of stimulus words or their referents, of the respondents, or of variations in educational or professional background. This pattern showed high concern with established standards and directives, repetition of directives, and narrative reporting about environmental aspects, other persons, and time-space relationships, but little or no concern with dynamic or action ideas, aspects of the future, goals to be sought, or higher levels of problem solving and thought. Twelve different patterns of thought were identified and illustrated, and implications and possible uses were discussed for psychiatric nursing, adult education, and other fields. (Appendixes include The Quest and analyses thereof.) (author/ly)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Developmental Psychology, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Background, Environmental Influences, Investigations, Nurses, Professional Training, Psychiatric Services, Psycholinguistics, Tests, Verbal Communication
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis.