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ERIC Number: ED104201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 7
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Consensus and the Delphi Process.
Uhl, Norman P.
The Delphi technique is being used by more institutions of higher education as a tool to obtain consensus. A few of the areas in which it has been employed are identifying educational goals and objectives, curriculum and campus planning, studies of cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis, evaluation procedures, and studies of resource allocation. While most Delphi studies obtain convergence of opinion after two or more rounds, none of the studies investigated the permanency of the opinion convergence. To investigate this question, 26 faculty who had participated in an earlier Delphi study of goals, were given the identical questionnaire one year later. This questionnaire asked their perceptions of the importance given to different goals by their institution as well as what degree of importance they think should be attached to each goal. In both analyses it was found that ratings of the second questionnaire were similar to the initial Delphi questionnaire. In addition, there was a significant interaction between these different scores and the goal areas. While this study does not provide any definite answer to the original question of the permanency or response changes as a result of the Delphi technique, it does indicate that this is likely to be a fertile area for additional research. (Author/PG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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