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ERIC Number: ED472806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Pages: 7
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Using the Competent Small Group Communicator Instrument to Assess Group Performance in the Classroom.
Albert, Lawrence S.
If being a competent small group problem solver is difficult, it is even more difficult to impart those competencies to others. Unlike athletic coaches who are near their players during the real game, teachers of small group communication are not typically present for on-the-spot coaching when their students are doing their problem solving. That is why any tools or techniques teachers create to prepare students for those challenges will be important in supporting their competence. The Competent Small Group Communicator Instrument is one such tool. There is a history of tools for assessing groups and their members, each with its own focus and theoretical foundation. Steven Beebe's tool (the SGC Instrument) harks back to McBurney and Hance's work in the 1930s, and before them, to John Dewey in 1910. This paper reports on a field test of this instrument in a small group class taught by the educator/author last spring. First, the paper identifies the expectations with which the test was approached, and then it discusses some findings and conclusions. To extend the field test reported in the paper it might be useful to add the revisions suggested by students' comments and retest the instrument and to examine various methods of teaching both students and instructors to use the instrument with optimum reliability. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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