Force Field Analysis

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Force Field AnalysisWhat is it?

Force field analysis is an influential development in the field of social science. It provides a framework for looking at the factors (forces) that influence a situation, originally social situations. It looks at forces that are either driving movement toward a goal (helping forces) or blocking movement toward a goal (hindering forces).

What aspects of learning are being supported?

  1. Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating
  2. QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding, Higher-Order Thinking, Metalanguage, Substantive Communication
  3. QT – Quality Learning Environment: Explicit Quality Criteria, Engagement, High Expectations, Social Support, Students Self-Regulation, Student Direction

Which apps could I use?

  1. DEC managed collaborative tools (via Portal): Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Connect.
  2. Related collaborative tools: EvernoteiCloudBaiBoardNote AnytimeWeb2AccessCool Tools for Schools, and Exploratree.
  3. Analogue collaborative tools: Paper, pens and Postit notes.

How do I use it?

  1. Identify the topic or area of concern that requires analysis
  2. Create a two columned chart with the topic/concern heading to be analysed at the top. In the left column write the heading “Driving Forces” and in the right column write “Inhibiting Forces”.
  3. Student/s brainstorm and write the driving and inhibiting factors of the topic.
  4. Prioritise the factors contributing the greatest “driving forcse”.
  5. Prioritise the factors creating the greatest “driving forces”.
  6. When the force field is completed discuss the results.

Some examples

A force field analysis tool can be utilised successfully for any topic/concern/issue requiring analysis. eg:

  • forces that affect learning
  • driving and inhibiting factors inn the Vietnam war
  • the forces affecting global warming
Implementation of ‘x project’ in our school
Driving Preventing
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