The effect of group size upon influence and process in group communication

Fay, Nicholas (2000) The effect of group size upon influence and process in group communication. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Motivated by field work (Chapter 1), this thesis investigates how current models of interpersonal communication, based on dyadic (or pairwise) communication (Chapter 2), apply to different sized discussion groups. Following a pilot study (Chapter 3), a series of five and ten person experimental discussion groups were compared (Chapter 4).Consistent with the Collaborative Model of communication, in the five person groups participants' understanding of what was agreed in their discussion was influenced by who they spoke with. In the ten person groups, as predicted by the Autonomous Models of communication, participants were influenced by the group's dominant speaker. Next, the communication taking place in the different sized discussions was compared (Chapter 5). This revealed that the communication taking place in the five person group resembled a dialogue, whereas in the ten person group it resembled a monologue. Finally, the difference in mode of communication is explained in terms of how speakers in the two sizes of group design their utterances for different audiences (Chapter 6).

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: Gerrod, Professor Simon
Date of Award: 2000
Depositing User: Mrs Marie Cairney
Unique ID: glathesis:2000-7006
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2016 10:33
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2016 13:04
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/7006

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