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ERIC Number: ED114875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Alternative Theoretical Bases for the Study of Human Communication: The Systems Perspective.
Monge, Peter R.
Three potentially useful perspectives for the scientific development of human communication theory are the law model, the systems approach, and the rules paradigm. It is the purpose of this paper to indicate the utility of the systems approach. The first section of this paper provides a brief account of the systems view of the world. Outlined in the second section are the logical and empirical requirements of systems theory in four variations: open systems, closed systems, cybernetics, and structural-functionalism. A brief example of how to conceptualize a communication system from a cybernetic perspective is presented in section three. In section four, the relationship among the forms of knowledge offered by the behavioral, actional, and systems frameworks are examined. The paper concludes with a discussion of the epistemic framework to which the systems theory leads. (RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (61st, Houston, Texas, December 27-30, 1975)