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The analysis of discourse as evaluation of productive thinking

Tripp, D.H. (1977) The analysis of discourse as evaluation of productive thinking. ERIC Clearinghouse, Cambridge, UK.


This paper provides a thorough description of a method of analyzing and scoring group discussions from a particular point of view. After discussing shortcomings of traditional methods of reporting data from group discussions and problems inherent in the use of paper-and-pencil creativity tests, the author describes a method which was developed as a part of the CORT Thinking Project (Cambridge, England). The method calls for the listing of points made in discussion as both rows and columns in a matrix, and using the cells of the matrix to record relationships among points. Columns tallies are then made for various categories such as example, judgment, digression, etc. After this matrix is completed, a scoring matrix is developed. The construction of the scoring matrix is a difficult step in the evaluation. New scoring matrices must be developed for each discussion topic.

Item Type: Report
Series Name: Report. CORT Thinking Project
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