ERIC Number: ED084610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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The Effects of Assigned Role Versus Non-Assigned Role on Group Consensus.
Gray, Philip A.
Speech Journal, v10 p50-52 1972
Students in speech classes at Northern Illinois University participated in tests to determine what assumption of roles in discussion groups impairs participation and prohibits consensus. Students were randomly assigned to one of twelve discussion groups of five members each. The topic and materials for discussion were excerpted from the local student newspaper and authenticated. Typical group behavior roles were assigned which would represent varied opinions. A nine-item semantic differential test was selected as the measurement of consensus. The resulting data demonstrated that there are no significant differences between means of scores on a test of consensus between groups with assigned roles and groups without assigned roles. In a group discussion where participants are labeled, the behavior is standardized, and it is more difficult to reach a consensus unless group members become accustomed to their roles. (DS)
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Authoring Institution: Southern Connecticut State Coll., New Haven. Dept. of Speech.