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Matrix analysis of the structure of small group discussion

Tripp, D.H. (1978) Matrix analysis of the structure of small group discussion. In: Annual Conference of The Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 1978, November 1978, Perth, Western Australia



This paper describes a new method of analysis for small group Disscussion called "Matrix Analysis". The author then shows how it was applied to the comparison of differences between 26 small group discussions of 9-13 year old students.

Comparisons are made between three groups of students:

(A) groups trained in thinking skills and group discussion,
(B) groups with practice in group discussion,
(C) untrained groups.

Restricting the analysis in this paper to one feature of the discussions (the extent to which different groups develop ideas according to a "spiral" pattern) the author shows that differences were significantly affected by practice in discussion and training in thinking skills.

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