ERIC Number: ED079790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
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"Nonverbal Variables in the Convention Information System" or "An Inquiry into Some Broader Perspectives" or "Can Communication Research Help?"
Harrison, Randall P.; Crouch, Wayne W.
An examination of the scholarly convention as an information system reveals two problems: the word orientation of the usual convention format, excluding other communication variables; and the extent to which suggestions, complaints, or comments are isolated from an overall system orientation. Information gathering on conventions has centered on vital statistics about attendance and papers or on interviews with those attending about their perceptions. Conventions tend to serve in three capacities: as recruiter for the association and its programs, as a "bazaar," or marketplace, for the exchange of ideas, and as an educational experience. The "nonverbal" variables of the convention experience, particularly in the communications field, are worthy of further study. (RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Assn. (Montreal, April, 1973)