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ERIC Number: ED049647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Pages: 262
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Computer Assisted Feedback of Non-Intellectual Factors as a Means of Improving Small Group Instruction. Final Report.
Hill, Richard J.
How feedback affects small-group processes and group outcomes and how these outcomes vary with computer-assisted or experimenter-assisted modes of supplying feedback were investigated. Feedback theory was conceptualized through a work-emotionality framework. Theoretical constructs were operationalized through the use of Boyd's three-channel mode of communication. Experimental intervention resulted in increased perception of openness in the expression of feelings, increased interest in problem solving, improved decision-making procedures, and increased cooperation during experimentation. Groups that received feedback, both computer and experimenter-assisted, showed significant improvements in creativity and utilization of group resources. Computer-assisted feedback groups had a better short-term perception of improved cooperation and interest among group members and a greater short-term improvement in perception of decision-making procedures. In feedback groups work-emotionality activity changed in directions opposite to feedback instructions, that is, toward increased incongruency. Among the long-term effects observed in computer-assisted feedback groups were a decrease in perceived cooperation and a decrease in perceived interest in problem solving during post-experimental sessions. (Author/JY)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison.
Note: Thesis submitted to the University of Wisconsin