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ERIC Number: ED075195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Pages: 14
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Fluency, Flexibility, and Originality as a Function of Group Size.
Owen, Steven V.; And Others
The purpose was to determine the effect of group size on both the total and the average per person fluency, flexibility, and originality of responses to problem solving tasks. One hundred sixty-three college juniors and seniors were assigned at random to groups of one, three, six, or twelve members. All groups were given identical instructions to respond aloud to three problem-solving tasks. Results showed that as group size increased, so did the total group fluency, flexibility, and originality; however, groups with three members were statistically indistinguishable from groups with six members. In terms of flexibility, six-member groups generated no more categories of responses than did twelve-member groups. Results also showed that as group size increased, the per-person contribution tended to diminish, and that groups of six or of twelve members appear to inhibit per-person contributions equally. (DT)
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 25-March 1, 1973)