ERIC Number: ED221910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Interaction between Professional Organizations and Research.
Andersen, Kenneth E.
By providing conventions, journals, and bibliographies as outlets for scholarship and research, speech communication associations make available resources necessary for the discipline to pursue its scholarship and serve as a distribution system for relevant research materials. An association also fulfills the important function of refereeing--contributing to recognition, promotion, and tenure while preventing information overload. Associations also support alternative approaches and commission scholarship that otherwise would not be available. Many of the things that associations undertook initially are now being done by academicians. In dealing with a larger, more mature, and more specialized profession, the speech communication associations face some problems: increased specialization leads to fragmentation and sometimes conflicting demands, smaller faculty size and fewer graduate students will probably be the rule for the next decade, patterns of research and publication are changing, and publication costs are rising while subscriptions are not. Professional organizations will have to adjust to these changes, but whatever the adjustments may entail, these organizations will remain essential for speech communication research and scholarship. (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).