ERIC Number: ED100855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
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Force Field Analysis: A Bridge Between Diagnostic Data and Operational Prescriptions.
Wiener, William K.
The technique of force field analysis represents a method for bridging the gap between diagnostic data and learning prescriptions and objectives. Through the use of this technique the teacher is able to delineate the strengths and weaknesses of the individual and to generate strategies for meeting specific objectives. A force field refers to a number of driving and restraining forces pertaining to thinking, behaving, and believing that hold an individual in a relatively stable state which is termed "quasi-stationary equilibrium." To prescribe successfully for a youngster, the teacher must first isolate a target area for change and delineate the driving and restraining forces holding the individual at his present level of performance. After the forces have been listed and their relative potencies noted, strategies or prescriptions must be generated which will either reduce restraining forces or increase driving forces. As one or more strategies are operationalized, an imbalance will be created in the force field of the particular behavior and movement toward the desired behavior will occur. Through force field analysis the teacher is able to organize data about specific students and determine one or more strategies to arrive at specified objectives. Force field analysis seems to be a useful tool to help the teacher assess, organize, and evaluate dynamic action plans to bridge the diagnostic-prescriptive gap. (HMD)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Diagnostic Teaching, Educational Diagnosis, Educational Strategies, Force Field Analysis, Individualized Instruction, Student Evaluation
Dr. William K. Wiener, Assistant Professor of Education, Lenoir Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina 28601 (No price quoted)
Publication Type: Books
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Note: Paper prepared for presentation at the International Symposium on Learning Disabilities V (Miami, Florida); Not available from EDRS due to marginal legibility of original document