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ERIC Number: ED162375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Small Group Communication Research of the 1970's: A Synthesis and Critique.
Cragan, John F.; Wright, David W.
One hundred studies on small group communication that were published in speech communication journals from 1969 to 1978 are summarized and critiqued in this paper. The literature is classified into three new lines of research (critical variable, process, and tangential) and three continuing lines of research (leadership, discussion, and pedagogy). Finally, the paper presents seven recommendations for ways to improve the quality of small group communication: (1) the replication of major small group communication studies needs to be encouraged, (2) research should focus on the clarification of operational definitions of the unit of communication used in studying small group communication interaction, (3) a weighted, parsimonious list of communication behaviors occurring in small groups needs to be generated, (4) small group phasic research should work toward generalization, (5) a clear relationship should exist between the findings of small group research and the training imparted in textbooks and classrooms, (6) small group research efforts in speech communication should be conducted by a greater number of scholars, and (7) extraordinary cooperation efforts may be required to produce rapid advancement in small group communication research. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (64th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2-5, 1978)