ERIC Number: ED216419
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Application of Communication Theory and Research in the Legal Community.
Taylor, K. Phillip
To help transfer communication theory to the real world, the University of Central Florida (Orlando) has applied communication theory and social science research techniques to answer questions raised by attorneys, judges, and others interested in the dynamics of the legal process. The social scientific techniques have thus far been applied in cases where the defendant could afford the considerable expense of population sampling or where the pretrial publicity increased the likelihood of jurors having prejudicial attitudes. To earn the respect of the nonacademic business community, communication specialists must be able to translate research language in a way that is meaningful. To help prepare communication students for nonteaching vocations where they could learn to solve problems that involve communication and other human factor variables, students should work actively with industry professionals on various projects. Another way to meet industry needs is to introduce students to those needs through intern programs. Theory and research can be brought together by placing students in the field for 6 months or a year to (1) learn what industry's problems are, (2) apply their theoretical tools in solving those problems, (3) collect data using available technology, and, hopefully, (4) reach practical, relevant, and realistic solutions. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Legal Community; Theory Practice Relationship
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Hot Springs, AR, April 6-9, 1982).