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ERIC Number: ED106286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Pages: 18
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Self-Instructional Module for Learning the Hutchinson Method of Operationalizing a Goal or Intent. A Modification.
Coffing, Richard T.; And Others
This self-instructional module shows how to break down a goal into its directly observable component parts. Once this is done, the parts can be used as evaluative criteria for measuring goal accomplishment. The procedure used in this study is a specific application of a general method developed at the University of Massachusetts, called "The Operationalization of Fuzzy Concepts." The concept operationalized is career education, and involves the following steps: (a) construction of a positive hypothetical situation describing a person involved in a career education situation, and a list of interactions concerning the nature of the situation; (b) construction of a negative hypothetical situation with people not involved in career education, and an appropriate descriptive list; (c) repetition of (a) and (b) by two or three other people, and subsequent comparison of descriptive lists in order to find additional dimensions of career education; (d) reexamination of (a) and (b) in order to study the implications of what was omitted from the descriptive lists (i.e., not originally considered part of career education); (e) contemplation of dimensions heretofore considered unrelated to career education; and (f) breaking down of original "fuzzy" concepts into directly observable behaviors or states. (JS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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