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ERIC Number: ED111032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Academic Convention: Notes Toward an Evaluative Framework.
Ruben, Brent D.; Andriate, Gregory S.
Beyond being of therapeutic and social value and of short-run utility for individual attendants, interactions at academic conventions may, in fact, affect the directions of research within a particular discipline for years thereafter. The convention provides a forum for the diffusion of theoretical, methodological, and empirical information that precedes publication in at least one field by an average of 15 months. Conventions facilitate formal exchanges of information and the development of informal linkages. They allow for a larger number of different interpersonal link-ups than any other context available to members of a discipline, and they serve important function in the development and refinement of the sense of identity both for the sponsoring association and the parent discipline. Conventions, viewed as information diffusion, exchange, and utilization mechanisms, are as amenable to description, prediction, and control as are other information systems. A list of various research methods, which can be used for assessing the nature, function, and outcomes of particular conventions and convention sessions in these contexts, is included. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Chicago, April, 1975); Flow chart removed because of type size