ERIC Number: ED030170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
Process Concerns In Use of Force Field Techniques.
Giammatteo, Michael C.
This paper, one of a series derived from techniques used in training student teachers, explores the process of manipulating the variables in a problem or conflict or challenge situation. Specifically, it explores interpersonal feelings, intrapersonal feelings and conflicts that occur when these two are not in harmony. The technique calls upon the group to walk through a low level intrapersonal conflict (in a group setting), and to react to interpersonal behaviors in a conflict resolution. It is also expected of the group to respond to intrapersonal high level conflicts. To work with the force field concept, the following process is used: (1) Fact Assessment, including refinement of the problem and problem preparation; (2) Idea Exploration, including idea production and idea development; and (3) Solutions, including reality testing via gaming and group discussion, and action steps. Several types of interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships are explored, and old problems are restated through force field analysis. Various games are outlined for use in problem solving and task fulfillment. The author has sought to show how process approaches might be used to make participants feel pressures and forces not normally in their background realm. (Author/CJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Note: Paper was reported at a meeting of the supervisors of student teachers held in Portland, Oregon, 1967