ERIC Number: ED340068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
"Stagecoach": A Vehicle for Observation and Analysis of Small-Group Communication.
Vivian, Barbara G.
The film "Stagecoach," a 1939 Western epic, was used in a 200-level small-group communication course as an instructional resource to illustrate the emergence of group norms and roles, the treatment of deviance and conflict, and the influence of external threats, interdependent goals, and shared history on the development of cohesiveness within a group. "Stagecoach" is particularly suitable for observing and analyzing small-group communication since it tells the story of nine travelers forced into close proximity for their stagecoach journey. The movie assignment occurred at mid-term to reinforce concepts already introduced, make connections to communicative behaviors in the student group, and introduce concepts that would be covered in more depth later in the semester. While students watched the film, they were given questions to consider as they observed small-group interaction. Their answers demonstrated that the film served as a linking medium for the students between theory and practice. Students' comments following the assignment indicated that the film was useful as an educational tool to help them visualize communication as a process, and to provide an additional avenue to learning. (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A