ERIC Number: ED345311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Parliamentary Lessons: Applying Parliamentary Principles to Small Group Communication.
A study examined how parliamentary procedure may be used in everyday group discussion and how its principles may be applied in committee meetings and discussions that do not demand formal parliamentary procedures. Subjects, 127 undergraduate and 56 graduate students attending two Canadian universities, were surveyed over a 4-year period. Subjects were asked to consider what aspects of parliamentary procedure might be applicable in modified form to everyday small group discussion and were also asked to illustrate their applications. Results indicated that: (1) 75% to 92% of the subjects who voted for the relevancy of motions expressed the view that such parliamentary concerns would be relevant; (2) 9% declared competence in, and 3% declared mastery of, parliamentary procedures; (3) of the 183 respondents, only 71 reported that they ever considered applying parliamentary principles to discussions where parliamentary law did not prevail; (4) of those 71 subjects, 48 reported they had limited success and only 14 reported they deliberately applied parliamentary principles to some degree whenever they discussed matters; and (5) after taking part in the study, 152 said they would consider applying parliamentary ideas in groups free of the requirement of parliamentary law. Numerous examples illustrate how various parliamentary principles could be applied in small group discussion. Findings suggest that the logic of parliamentary law and procedure can be rhetorically modified and adjusted to met the pragmatic needs of the unique circumstance of discussions unobliged to follow parliamentary law. (Two tables of data are included; 14 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Small Group Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).