ERIC Number: ED132624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Task Difficulty, Relational Interaction, and Performance Outputs in Ad Hoc Problem-Solving Groups.
Baxter, Leslie A.; Ward, Jean M.
Twelve groups of five to seven college students each were randomly formed and assigned one of two decision-making tasks as part of a study of the relational, or control, dimension of interpersonal communication. Group discussions were recorded and transcribed for analysis of act, interact, and double interact patterns. Results indicated significant variance of interaction patterns with the difficulty of the task, a nonsignificant relationship between interaction structure and performance outputs, a tendency for interaction structure to increase as the level of analysis moved from the act to the interact to the double interact, and, in contrast to existing data, smaller interaction structure values and more one-upmanship. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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