ERIC Number: ED245066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of the Nominal Group Technique.
Mortensen, Mark A.; Holmes, Dallas L.
The Nominal Group Technique (NGT), developed by Andre Delbecq and Andrew Van de Ven at the University of Wisconsin in the 1960s, is used to enhance the generation, exploration, and communication of ideas relevant to problem-solving situations. The NGT is unlike other typical interacting group techniques in that individuals work in the presence of others and do not interact initially but only at specified times. Written syntheses of ideas are generated by each participant and are sequentially shared for group members to view. NGT is, then, a systematic instructional activity that attempts to provide an orderly mechanism for problem solving by obtaining a qualitative measure from group members about their feelings, attitudes, and perceptions of a problem area. This short manual describes the NGT and explains how to put it to use. Sections include the advantages of NGT, applications and constraints to its use, an outline of the six stages of the NGT and a more detailed look at each of these stages (formulating the NGT question, generation of ideas, round robin, discussion, voting, and tabulation), factors circumvented by NGT, and how to set up an NGT meeting. A checklist of materials needed, a bibliography, and suggested readings are included in the guide. (This booklet can be used in conjunction with a separately available videotape.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Classroom Techniques, Discussion Groups, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Group Discussion, Guidelines, Interpersonal Communication, Leaders Guides, Postsecondary Education, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods, Workshops
Conference and Institute Division, UMC 50 A, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322 (Videotape loan charge--$15.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Utah State Board of Education, Salt Lake City. Div. of Adult Education and Training.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan.