ERIC Number: ED165211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Directions of Small Group Research for the 1980's.
Becker, Samuel L.
Speech communicators need to return to applied research, developing theoretical statements about how groups might work better and testing the validity of those statements. Among the tasks that group communication researchers might take up are determining the range of applicability of generalizations concerning different kinds of groups, studying the factors that increase or decrease the probability that a minority will accept majority opinion, studying creative groups to determine the range of generalizability for current theoretical statements, and questioning category systems currently in use. They might also manipulate factors that are used to distinguish groups to see whether manipulating those factors alters the probabilities of outcomes in predictable ways, look at how groups have learned from their past successes or failures, attempt to perceive and specify the underlying rules that seem to govern the discourse of rule-governed groups, and see how information processing leads to impression formation of others in the group and how that impression affects one's behavior toward each of the others. (TJ)
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)