Table of Contents
Last updated February 24, 2000
SPRING 2000 THEORY WORKBOOK
Explanatory Power - Group polarization offers a good explanation of what happens in groups when making decisions.
Predictive Power - Group polarization offers an explanation that it is the individual members within the group that will decide whether to be more cautious or risky.
Parsimony -Group polarization is simple in saying that when members are in a group they are more likely to go with the group rather than their initial preference.
Falsifiablity - Group polarization can be tested by putting members
together and watching what they do.
Heuristic Provocativeness - It is hard to offer any further explanations on this theory because a group will either be cautious or risky.
Organizing Power - Group polarization is very good in the respect that it organizes research from a period of 40 years. It lays out things on both sides of the spectrum.
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