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ERIC Number: ED341090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-31
Pages: 16
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Forensics as a Laboratory Experience in Small Group Communication.
Zeuschner, Raymond Bud
Forensics programs can be laboratories for small group processes, whether or not they are explicitly recognized by either the participants or their teachers. Small group dynamics, as identified by M. Shaw (1981), are present and clearly define the forensic activity as a small group experience. The combination of being a small group, spending extended amounts of time together, longitudinal requirements, the presence of a teacher probably trained in small group communication, and the focus of the activity on communication create a unique experience and setting for the forensics laboratory not found elsewhere. The six models offered by T. Mills in 1967 (the quasi-mechnical, organismic, conflict, equilibrium, structural-functional, and cybernetic growth models) provide ample illustrations of how common forensic team practices can be easily incorporated into any of a number of small group perspectives. The cybernetic growth model--which looks at the primary role of feedback to the system and sees the group as the agent for developing and responding to feedback--would seem because of its sophistication and completeness to be the best model for teachers who wish to make a conscientious decision to make their program a laboratory for small group communication. (PRA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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