An application of the socioegocentric model to information-sharing discussions: In search of group-level communication influences

Joseph A. Bonito, Erin K. Ruppel

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Abstract

Hewes's socioegocentric model is applied to discussion data from an information-sharing task. The primary question is whether discussion data display psychological (individual-level) or interactional (group-level) associations among contributions. Two studies are described. The first used a card sort task to group the 42 items from the choose-the-best-candidate task. The second study used the groupings from the first task to code information-based contributions to discussion. Results indicated that participants reliably group the items into valence-based categories and that there were valence-based associations between items contributed to discussion. However, the associations were at the individual level of analysis-there were no group-level effects for information sharing. However, other features of the discussions did have group-level effects, and we argue for a better understanding of information sharing in terms of the comments that frame information-based contributions to interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-375
Number of pages20
JournalCommunication Research
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

Keywords

  • group discussion
  • information sharing
  • latent-group model
  • socioegocentric model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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