ERIC Number: ED070030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
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Studies in Curriculum Decision Making: A Conflict Theory Approach. Final Report.
This research project investigates the application of principles derived from a conflict theory of decision making (Janis & Mann 1968) to the study of decision making among high school and college students. Three studies were carried out to test derivations from conflict theory. The first study tested the effectiveness of a balance sheet or tallying procedure used to induce a sample of high school students to think carefully about considerations relevant to college choice. The second study dealt with a commitment warning procedure designed to inhibit the tendency to use superficial and past decision making in everyday decisions. The third study was concerned with the conflict theory hypothesis that preferences for supportive and utilitarian information are related to the stage of the decision process at which the student is located. Results of the three studies tend to support the derivations from the conflict theory, but in addition to their theoretical significance, may be of value to counselors and teachers who are concerned with developing sound principles of decision making in their students. (Author/WS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.