Data Sheet for Experimental Sociometric Test,
examining publicly revealed choice data and use of the confidential option
Persons taking part in the experimental sociometric test fill out
two sets of objective data sheets and one set of perceptual data.
The criterion for the choice-making activity is the same and is the one
you reference for the perceptual data as well. One set of data
sheets is marked confidential (which you keep) and the other is marked
public, which is handed in. The public data will be shared with
the group and will be the set of data used in determining any
sociometric position and analysis of data from the sociomatrix.
If you choose to do the confidential set of data you are free to check
that data against the sociomatrix of objective and perceptual data. You
will be able determine the degree to which people in the group
already perceive your privately held choices. In instances where
the entire group decides to complete a confidential set of data, the
data will be collected and sent for analysis to an independent
sociometry researcher outside of our group. The researcher will be able
to give each person an individual profile and a group profile based on
“if this group had been completely forthcoming of their choices for
each person “ your sociometric position on this criterion would have
been _______, and the group’s level of perceptual accuracy would have
increased by ________ or decreased by __________.
We like to believe that people are not likely to know or intuit our
closely held secret wishes to be connected or to be completely honest
about the degree to which we actually despise or reject their behavior
and attitudes. By participating in this option you will
begin to have reliable data to substantiate this belief or refute
it. Having these profiles available will make it possible
for the group to explore ways it can create a working environment which
welcomes deep honesty and can increase authentic relating in all its
choice activity whether on paper or in action.
Proceed with the objective data sheets and perceptual data
sheets. Once completed return to this page and provide your
comments below. Keep this sheet with your confidential data set.
I find it difficult to be completely honest in this group due to the following dynamics and reasons:
© Ann E. Hale and Linnea Carlson-Sabelli, April 30, 1990.