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ERIC Number: ED135745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 7
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Group Interaction Analysis for Improvement of Classroom Discussion.
Perry, Constance M.
In order to improve the quality of classroom discussion, Group Interaction Analysis (GIA) is suggested as a means of increasing an individual's awareness of the role he assumes in group discussions. GIA is a systemized technique involving the observation of both beneficial and non-beneficial discussion activities. These activities are: (1) fact stating; (2) questioning; (3) offering opinions; (4) accepting; (5) disagreeing; (6) summarizing; (7) leading; (8) holding; (9) jumping in to fill a void; (10) interrupting; (11) all talking at once; and (12) silence. The GIA technique can be used in two ways. For the first, each group member can be assigned a number by the observer and listed on a grid opposite the above twelve categories. At ten-second intervals, a check is made according to which group member is speaking and what category his speech fits into. At the finish, the total interaction during the discussion is recorded. Each group member may thus be made aware of what his role in the discussion was and the group can see the course of the entire discussion. The second use for the GIA is applicable if the leader of the discussion wishes to analyze his interaction in comparison to the rest of the group. The leader is assigned number one and all other members are grouped as number two. This method clearly shows if the discussion is dominated by the leader. The value of GIA lies in making participants aware of what interaction has occurred. It is then up to participants to examine the analysis and, if not satisfied, work toward change. (MM)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
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