Table of Contents
Last updated February 24, 2000
SPRING 2000 THEORY WORKBOOK
Explanation of Theory: Models that help explain or predict how a relationship between individuals or between team members is carried out.
Interpretations: Developmental models help
us visualize the patterns relationships form. By analyzing a relationship
through the use of developmental models we are able to understand relationships
Assumptions: Developmental models offer a framework for relationships not
a hard core blue print plan for relationships to follow. Developmental
models are deterministic.
Assumptions: Developmental models are not always liner. Relationships
develop differently and can move freely. Developmental models offer
a framework to understand relationships not to development a hard core
plan for a relationship to follow.
Assumptions: Developmental models are value neutral.
Power: These developmental models help explain the process by which relationships
are formed and maintained.
and Implications: Developmental models are
widely accepted and used throughout the academic world. The problem
with these models are people believe they are liner and a blue print for
relationships to follow. Models are models, something to help explain
the relationship. People need to understand that all relationships
are unique and are subject to follow the developmental models differently.
Example: A good way to look at eh development of a small group is through the developmental model developed by Tuchman. This model states that the relationships between group members starts out in the forming phase, then goes through the storming, norming, conforming, and performing phases. The relationship does not stop developing at the performing phase, the relationship is able to move through the passes numerous time and without following a liner pattern.
Location in Eight (8) Primary Communication Theory Textbooks:
Anderson, R., & Ross, V. (1998). Questions of communication: A practical introduction to theory (2nd ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. N/A
Cragan, J. F., & Shields, D.C. (1998). Understanding communication theory: The communicative forces for human action. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. N/A
Griffin, E. (2000). A first look at communication theory (4th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill. N/A
Griffin, E. (1997). A first look at communication theory (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. N/A
Infante, D. A., Rancer, A. S., & Womack, D. F. (1997). Building communication theory (3rd ed.). Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. N/A
Littlejohn, S. W. (1999). Theories of human communication (6th ed). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. N/A
West, R., & Turner, L. H. (2000). Introducing communication theory: Analysis and application. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield. N/A
Wood, J. T. (1997). Communication theories in action: An introduction.
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. N/A