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ERIC Number: ED361797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Situation Comedies in the Group Communication Classroom.
Keyton, Joann
Students are exposed to group interaction long before they reach the college classroom through their living, social, and educational groups. As a result, they bring preconceived notions about group interaction effectiveness. Students also receive a great deal of exposure to group interaction from television. Situation comedies, students' favorite television format, rely heavily on group interaction. A study explored the televised group interaction prototype by: (1) examining the similarities and differences between what is taught as group communication and what is seen as group interaction on television; (2) reviewing data from college-age television viewers for evidence of television's effect; and (3) describing how televised group interaction can be used in teaching group communication. The 250 participants in the study were enrolled in basic public speaking classes at a medium size private southern university. Students were randomly scheduled to viewing times and either watched an episode of "Cheers" or "The Golden Girls." Results indicated that: (1) subjects reported seeing a good deal of group interaction that is realistic with similarities to real life groups; (2) the relational group interaction on "The Golden Girls" was rated more like the interaction of real groups than the problems solving group interaction on "Cheers." Findings suggest that students may place primary emphasis on relational needs in their groups, which may be the reason the students are dissatisfied with their task groups. (One table of data is included; an appendix listing aspects of interaction type analysis is attached. Contains 30 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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