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ERIC Number: ED042691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 21
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The Delphi Technique: A Tool for Collecting Opinions in Teacher Education.
Cyphert, Frederick R.; Gant, Walter L.
In order to clarify the opinions of various groups concerning goals for the School of Education of the University of Virginia, a questionnaire asking for suggestions on major objectives for the school was sent to 421 persons from groups arbitrarily defined as representing the "power structure" of Virginia as it relates to teacher education. The 298 responses were reduced to 61 generic statements, which were then constructed into a second questionnaire asking respondents to rank each item on a five-point scale. The 262 responses from the second questionnaire were analyzed to determine the mode of the priorities assigned to each item, and a third questionnaire containing the original items, the group consensus (mode) for each item, and the respondent's original rankings was constructed. Respondents were asked to reconsider their rankings and state their reasons whenever they wished to remain outside the consensus. The fourth questionnaire, containing the recomputed mode for each item, the respondent's prior ratings, and a list of major dissenting opinions gathered by the third questionnaire, asked respondents to once more consider their rankings. Final rankings were then computed on the basis of the fourth questionnaire. (Analysis of the findings includes discussion of typical response patterns of each group and presentation of highest and lowest ranked items.) (RT)
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