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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?
- Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating
- QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding, Higher-Order Thinking, Metalanguage, Substantive Communication
- QT – Quality Learning Environment: Explicit Quality Criteria, Engagement, High Expectations, Social Support, Students Self-Regulation, Student Direction
Which apps could I use?
- DEC managed collaborative tools (via Portal): Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Connect.
- Related collaborative tools: Evernote, iCloud, BaiBoard, Note Anytime, Web2Access, Cool Tools for Schools, and Exploratree.
- Analogue collaborative tools: Paper, pens and Postit notes.
How do I use it?
- Identify the topic or area of concern that requires analysis
- 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”.
- Student/s brainstorm and write the driving and inhibiting factors of the topic.
- Prioritise the factors contributing the greatest “driving forcse”.
- Prioritise the factors creating the greatest “driving forces”.
- When the force field is completed discuss the results.
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