ERIC Number: ED314972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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An Argyrian Perspective on Behavior in Instructional Consultation in Postsecondary Education.
Rando, William C.
The study examined instructional consultation in terms of Argyrian theory by carrying out three specific tasks: (1) operationalizing the key Argyrian concepts of collaboration and bilateral control; (2) classifying and coding consultation behaviors on videotapes; and (3) drawing implications from the data for researchers and practitioners. The study attempted to answer the following questions: (1) to what extent do instructional consultants use collaborative practice by establishing bilateral control of consultations? (2) to what extent do collaborative acts (checking, specificity, and rationale) affect the responses of clients? (3) what other variables are related to degree of collaboration found in instructional consultation? and (4) what patterns or episodes of behavior are particularly collaborative or highly controlling? Evaluation of Interactions of ten pairs of subjects (each pair consisting of an instructional consultant and a university faculty member) found that true collaborative consultation was rare; that consultant behavior was usually controlling, non-confrontable, and non-explicit; that when consultants used collaborative techniques, client responses were active, suggesting ownership; that instrumentation affected degree of collaboration with observation or paper and pencil instruments usually producing more collaboration than video; and that typical episodes could be identified as either agenda setting, questioning, or lack of questioning. Implications for practice and future research are suggested. Three references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
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