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Classifying principles into patterns


Of the thirty five (35) principles to be classified, 26 were classified as anticipated -- at a significance of .05 better. Two principles showed a positive but less than significant association to the anticipated pattern. Two principles showed no association trend. For one of the principles the subjects were divided between two patterns, the anticipated and an alternative. Closer examination suggests that the principle could easily be related to either pattern. Of particular interest were the four (4) principles anticipated to be associated with the pattern ``consistent information.'' Of these, the subjects associated (significant at the .05 level) three of principles to the pattern called ``ordered information'' and one principle to the pattern ``accommodating dialog''. This leaves only one principle which significantly supports the pattern called ``consistent information.'' This result would appear to suggest a reexamination of the validity of the pattern.

Thus, for seven of the patterns in the test the data show that the pattern statements subsume the principle used to define the pattern. One pattern ``consistent information'' needs to be revised, and compared to the patterns called ``ordered information'' and ``accommodating dialog''.

Michael Spring
Mon Nov 27 18:39:52 EST 1995