ERIC Number: ED301785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct-6
Decision Making from a Small Group Perspective.
Goldberg, Alvin A.; Hannegan, David W., Jr.
This paper applies some of the research done on small group decision-making to the process of identification and selection of colleges by high school students. It argues that, since the decisions that are reached are often group decisions, or are at least strongly influenced by groups, an understanding of group decision-making processes can be helpful to the college admission counselor. Several formats that counselors might use to facilitate a family's decision-making and to identify factors which either promote or impede the decision-making process are described. Six steps of the reflective thinking process are explained: (1) problem identification; (2) problem analysis; (3) criteria; (4) possible solutions; (5) evaluation; and (6) selection of the best solution. Counselors are encouraged to keep the steps of reflective thinking in mind when attempting to facilitate a family's discussion. An alternative to the reflective thinking method, the single question method, is also described. Five steps of the single question method are listed and the purpose of the approach is explained. A section on team research discusses recent research on team effectiveness and how results of that research might be used by counselors when assisting a student and his/her family in making a college selection. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of College Admission Counselors (44th, Milwaukee, WI, October 4-7, 1988).