ERIC Number: ED155743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Research Employing the Construct "Communication Rules": An Analysis of the Process of Verification.
Pearce, W. Barnett; Cushman, Donald P.
In order to provide a critical test of a proposed procedure for explaining and validating a rules theory, this paper examines four items of communications research which make claims regarding the generality and practical necessity of the empirical relationships they investigate. The paper demonstrates the utility of the procedure for rigorously assessing the acceptability of claims regarding the generality and necessity of normative rules. The approach is divided into three parts: an examination of the criteria to be met if research is to account for rules properly; the application of these criteria to the four items of research; and the drawing of conclusions regarding the adequacy of the model employed within diverse rules methodologies. The criteria employed for locating the generality and necessity of various rules claims and the exact nature of the support for these claims indeed appear to serve their analytic and critical functions. (Author/DF)
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 (63rd, Washington, D.C., December 1-4, 1977)