ERIC Number: ED039480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
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A Study in Structured Discussion.
Gutzmer, Willard Ernest
This study tested the hypothesis that group interaction skill and useful learning occur in a discussion group which is academically structured. A class procedure involving a cognitive map, member skills and roles, and group etiquette was incorporated into a class ("Education and the Contemporary Scene," Fall Quarter, 1968) at the University of Utah. Evaluation of class performance was done mainly on the Hill Interaction Matrix (HIM) and postmeeting reaction sheets. One meeting a week was tape recorded and scored. Pre and post HIM tests measured individual ability to interact in a group. The class began by behaving all over the two dimensions--WORK (or how members interacted) and CONTENT (or subject matter), but reactions eventually gravitated almost wholly to the TOPIC-SPECULATIVE and TOPIC-CONFRONTIVE cells of the matrix. Text assignments, outside reading, and related subject matter exemplified these kinds of behavior; namely, intellectually concerned, controlled, and pursuing topics which did not originate with the class. Results indicated a decided improvement in the group's ability to interact. (Author/LY)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Adult Learning, Behavior Change, Bibliographies, Doctoral Dissertations, Group Discussion, Interaction, Interpersonal Competence, Pretests Posttests, Program Content, Research, Teaching Methods
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Authoring Institution: Utah Univ., Salt Lake City.