ERIC Number: ED198575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
A Dynamic Model of Group Interaction.
Bauer, Connie L.; And Others
A theory of group interaction with a focus on the trajectories of relevant variables as they change over time is developed in this paper. The four major components of the group interaction process (communication, conflict, involvement, and centralization) are presented and conceptually defined, and the nature of their interdependence is discussed. For the major components, the paper defines a set of actual values, a set of expectancies, and a set of discrepancies. Based on these variables, it then presents a set of difference equations, a set of differential equations, and a computer simulation as three forms of the model of the group interaction process. It suggests a time series study for collecting the necessary data to test the model. Appropriate methods of analyzing the data and testing the model are also discussed. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (30th, Acapulco, Mexico, May 18-23, 1980).