ERIC Number: ED198592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Grounded Theory for Intercultural Communication.
Blackman, Bernard I.
Noting a consensus among intercultural communication researchers regarding the present lack of theory and methodology, this paper discusses how to develop a theory that simultaneously provides explanation, direction, and practical information. It first discusses criticisms of intercultural communication and identifies the most important issues, particularly the need for complex, holistic models that can describe and explain intercultural communication. It then explains "grounded theory," and identifies four interrelated properties that make this theory accessible for application by practitioners: (1) the theory was developed from direct contact with data, therefore it fits the data better than deductively derived theories that are imposed from a priori premises; (2) its postulates parallel natural human processing; (3) its variables can be identified and predictions made about relationships and outcomes; and (4) it is flexible and modifiable. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of this model for the field of intercultural communication. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Grounded Theory; Intercultural Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (66th, New York, NY, November 13-16, 1980).