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ERIC Number: ED258287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 8
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Small Group Research = NSD: A Heuristic Perspective.
Taylor, K. Phillip
Recent years have been marked by a decline in the quantity and quality of small group research for four reasons: (1) the experimenter is an integral component of the system he or she is studying and thereby influences the findings, (2) layers of group process defy complete analysis, (3) small group research is reflexive, and (4) much of the variance within and between groups would be explained by variables not included in the research setting. The decline in quality and quantity of current small group research results from both theoretical and methodological deficiencies. Two areas where investigators of group processes need to sharpen their research tools are in the selection of independent variables and in the measurement of dependent variables. Some ways to improve small group communication research are for investigators to direct their efforts to the real world where actual groups operate, to use triangularism or multioperationalism in the measurement of concepts, and to focus more attention on the actual messages that occur in group interaction. By applying research efforts to the groups in the world in which we live, small group researchers will not be faulted for investigating problems for which solutions are unnecessary, unimportant, or make no significant difference. (DF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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