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Group Problem Solving$
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Patrick R. Laughlin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147918

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147918.001.0001

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(p.141) Chapter Nine Conclusions
Group Problem Solving

Patrick R. Laughlin

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter proposes generalizations that emerge from theory and research on group problem solving and a brief retrospective and prospective. Group tasks are ordered on a continuum anchored by intellective and judgmental tasks. Intellective tasks have a demonstrably correct solution within a mathematical, logical, scientific, or verbal conceptual system. Judgmental tasks are evaluative, behavioral, or aesthetic judgments for which no generally accepted demonstrably correct answer exists. The underlying basis of the intellective-judgmental continuum is a continuum of demonstrability. The proportion of group members that is necessary and sufficient for a group response is inversely proportional to the demonstrability of the proposed response.

Keywords:   group problem solving, group tasks, intellective tasks, judgmental tasks, intellective-judgmental continuum, demonstrability

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