ERIC Number: ED037670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
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The Measurement of Change during a Laboratory Training Experience; Person Perception and Verbal Behavior Patterns.
Dralle, Penelope Wasson
Using participant, trainer, and observer reports and resources, this study examined perceptual and other training laboratory behavior. Twelve executives in a 3 1/2 day laboratory gave free-response descriptions of themselves and other group members. They completed interval-type ratings on each of 20 descriptive items. During the final session, participants and trainers ranked group members on behavior change, help given to other members, and defensive (guarded) behavior during the group meetings. Two observers independently recorded verbal behavior. Observers could reliably report who spoke, to whom, and the general content of the message, but could not agree on the "affect" or tone. Recordings also suggested that groups have developmental stages and that two way communication exists in T groups. Participants disagreed on specific descriptive words, but the words "sincere,""capable," and "competent" predominated. Changes varied by items and by individuals , but the group as a whole was seen as "more dedicated,""more capable," and "less slow." Trainers were more consistent than participants in rating overall behaviors. Highly consistent overall behaviors were closely related to verbal behaviors. (Author/LY)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Correlation, Doctoral Dissertations, Evaluation Criteria, Interaction, Investigations, Laboratory Training, Measurement Techniques, Observation, Peer Relationship, Perception, Rating Scales, Trainers, Verbal Communication
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Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge.
Note: Ph.D. Thesis