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ERIC Number: ED149395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Stocktaking Open-Systems Research and Theory: A Critique and Proposals for Action.
Beach, Wayne A.
Communication researchers should respond to the interface of theoretical views and empirical data; that is, they should "take stock" of their theoretical assumptions and ensure that the research they undertake adequately reflects those theoretical assumptions. This essay presents the rationale for stock taking in the communication discipline and applies that device to "open-systems" communication theory and research. (A system is said to be open when its boundaries allow the system to interact freely with its environment.) A review of the literature in that area of communication study shows that behavioristic bias and lack of unity in research coding schema exist. The paper concludes that the open-systems approach to communication theory has great potential, but this approach will progress only if researchers take stock--constantly examining the relations between theoretical assumptions and empirical data. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Phoenix, Arizona, November 19-22, 1977)