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ERIC Number: ED078482
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 17
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Theory Construction in the Study of Communication: The System Paradigm.
Monge, Peter R.
The process of explanation as defined by the covering law model of science contains stringent criteria which often cannot be met by communication scientists. An alternative model, less powerful but more obtainable--the system paradigm--should be adopted. Four types of explanation provide a context for a discussion of the system paradigm alternative: scientific explanations, "what-explanations," mental concept explanations, and reason-giving explanations. Major advantages to using the system paradigm include a shift in the particular set of variables which are selected for study, an increase in the complexity of analysis which may be employed, and the ability to integrate current research findings into a wider perspective. (EE)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (58th, Chicago, December 1972)