Table of Contents
Last updated February 14, 2001
SPRING 2001 THEORY WORKBOOK
Dialectical Tensions in Task Groups
Explanatory Power - Dialectical Tensions offers an explanation of what groups members will do when they are in a specific state of group life.
Predictive Power - Dialectical Tensions suggests that all members of work groups will go through this constant tension during group life.
Parsimony - Dialectical Tensions is very simple in saying that a group member will be torn between two oppositions and will have to negotiate them as a member.
Falsifiablity - Dialectical Tensions is hard to test because group members may be reluctant in offering their true feelings about the group.
Internal Consistency - Dialectical Tensions is consistent with current research that suggests how we will interact with group members and the norms that are developed.
Heuristic Provocativeness - It is hard to offer any further explanations on this theory because a group member will feel these senses of tensions or they won't. However a research could further the theory offering different settings in which tensions would occur.
Organizing Power - Dialectical Tensions does organize the theory very well staying with the stages of group life. Everyone can see how that works.
An individual enters a group and is given
two seperate ideas for how to perform a certain task by two different people.
While both task instructions sound like logical and successful approaches
to the task when mentioned alone, they are not a logical fit when used
together. The new individual must contend with how to approach these
group members throughout the lifetime of the group or until a solution
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