ERIC Number: ED034317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Human Relations Training and the Innovation Consultant.
Barber, William H.
A number of characteristics distinguish human relations or sensitivity training from other forms of experience-based education, including learning goals, desired outcomes, and assumptions about the learning process. Although research evidence on the effectiveness of human relations training is ambiguous, due to difficulties of research design and measurement, the following conclusions may be drawn: (1) Many individuals report significant behavioral changes following human relations training, (2) individuals who experience sensitivity training are more likely to improve their leadership skills than those who do not, and (3) the incidence of serious mental disturbance during training is estimated to be less than 1% of all participants. The new media consultant must be aware of the assumptions and applications of human relations training and other new areas of the applied behavioral sciences to achieve significant innovation in educational systems. (JH)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Communication Skills, Consultants, Educational Innovation, Group Dynamics, Human Relations, Interaction Process Analysis, Interpersonal Competence, Leadership Qualities, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Media Specialists, Perceptual Development, Research Problems, Sensitivity Training
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Western Behavioral Sciences Inst., La Jolla, CA.
Note: Paper prepared for conference on The Affective Domain of Learning: Implications for Instructional Technology presented by Teaching Res. of the Ore. State System of Higher Educ. (Salishan Lodge, Ore., Mar. 24-26, 1969)