ERIC Number: ED396342
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
Plan Modification: An Examination of Cognitive Planning Theory.
Strategic communication scholars agree that planning is critical to human action. An investigation tested plan modification aspects of cognitive planning theory. Two experiments tested whether success and failure of a plan served as predictors of plan modification and whether individuals can accurately predict whether and how they will modify a plan in a subsequent interaction. Twenty participants (communication students at a midwestern university) tried to reach an interactional goal with one interaction, then assessed their success and predicted future plans for a similar interaction. Participants then again tried to reach the same interactional goal. Results indicated that success and failure may influence predicted, but not actual modifications of a plan. Most participants modified their plans in a second interaction. Some basic assumptions of the plan modification model are upheld, while others are questioned. (Contains 17 references and 3 tables of data.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (46th, Chicago, IL, May 23-27, 1996).