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The Effects of Assigned Role Versus Non-Assigned Role on Group Consensus [microform] / Philip A. Gray
Bib ID 5250825
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Gray, Philip A
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1972 
3 p. 
Summary

Students in speech classes at Northern Illinois University participated in tests to determine what assumption of roles in discussion groups impairs participation and prohibits consensus. Students were randomly assigned to one of twelve discussion groups of five members each. The topic and materials for discussion were excerpted from the local student newspaper and authenticated. Typical group behavior roles were assigned which would represent varied opinions. A nine-item semantic differential test was selected as the measurement of consensus. The resulting data demonstrated that there are no significant differences between means of scores on a test of consensus between groups with assigned roles and groups without assigned roles. In a group discussion where participants are labeled, the behavior is standardized, and it is more difficult to reach a consensus unless group members become accustomed to their roles. (DS)

Notes

Speech Journal, v10 p50-52 1972.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects College Students.  |  Communication (Thought Transfer)  |  Discussion.  |  Discussion Groups.  |  Group Behavior.  |  Group Discussion.  |  Group Dynamics.  |  Interaction.  |  Opinions.  |  Role Perception.  |  Speech Instruction.
Other authors/contributors Southern Connecticut State Coll., New Haven. Dept. of Speech
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