Accession Number : AD0254477

Title :   THE FUNCTION OF STRUCTURE-IN-INTERACTION IN MUTUAL PROBLEM SOLVING

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.

Corporate Author : EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE PRINCETON NJ

Personal Author(s) : HEMPHILL, JOHN K.

Report Date : FEB 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Ten subjects were run on a series of four simple tasks in which the kinds and amounts of structure-in-interaction were varied. Their effectiveness in the performance of the tasks was measured in terms of the errors they made during successive trials on the same task. The hypothesis that an individual cannot learn to perform his part of a group task if he cannot predict the behavior of others with whom he may be working was supported. This experiment is regarded as providing support for the theory associated with the hypothesis, and suggests the desirability of further investigation of (1) how persons perceive structure-in-interaction and (2) how they alter their individual behavior to make it effective in mutual problem solving. (Author)

Descriptors :   *GROUP DYNAMICS, *LEADERSHIP, BEHAVIOR, LEARNING, PERCEPTION, REASONING, THEORY.

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE