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CODING GROUP INTERACTION

Renee A. Meyers

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT MILWAUKEE

David R. Seibold

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA–SANTA BARBARA

In the early 1980s, several group communication scholars at the University of Illinois (Dean Hewes, Bob McPhee, Scott Poole, and the second author) and their graduate students (including the first author) sought to peer deeper into “the black box” of group interaction processes. Their work was both theoretical (Structuration Theory perspective: Poole, Seibold, & McPhee, 1985; Socio-Egocentric Model: Hewes, 1986) and empirical (coding group argument, group development, group decision-making, group valence). Graduate courses, research team projects, and collegial conversations centered on how best to analyze and ...

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