ERIC Number: ED168088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
The Status of Research in Communication Journals.
Petelle, John L.
In examining the field of speech communication and its research, it is clear that most research has focused on linking (linking the individual with the human environment) and regulatory (the regulation of human behavior) behavior. However, the primary goal of human communication is mentation (the development of higher mental processes), and this has been mostly ignored by researchers. Research has been characterized by commitment not to particular substantive ideas but to a particular style. Research to show how the parts of communicational processes fit together would raise the power of speech communication's research questions and put it on the road toward gaining academic distinctiveness. Research directed to the nature of human symbolic behavior (how information is processed) would contribute to distinctiveness and viability. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (64th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2-5, 1978)