ERIC Number: ED342360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Modeling System Operators Affecting the Information Organizer of an Individual. Research Bulletin 77.
This report details a study performed as an interplay between modeling and reality which was designed to find operators that affect the information organizer of an individual in a social system. The operator is defined as a system element that affects other elements. The information organizer is defined as a coordinating interface between the social environment and the mind. A process model based on the Multiple Classification Analysis of Newcomb et al. was constructed and tested in empirical surroundings using 18 measurements and 20 subjects. When the process model proved to be inadequate, it was revised using 14 measurements and 23 subjects. Three different methods for analyzing the new empirical data were applied. A partial correlation was used for elaborating the direction of the effects of the variables; the coefficient of determination was used to reveal transformations of the variables; and the general distance index was used to map the dynamism of the process. The most significant operators in relation to the information organizer proved to be job experience, self-esteem, university students, and university teachers. The tests of the models were performed during 2 academic years in two student guidance courses at a university. The revised model was converted into a system model and an application was implied. (54 references) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Helsinki Univ. (Finland). Dept. of Education.