Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

2018

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Communication Studies and Theatre

First Advisor

Elizabeth Tolman

Keywords

cohesion, communication, ethnography, leadership, sport, track

Abstract

Based on an ethnographic method of observation and ethnographic interviews, this study examined naturally-occurring nonverbal communication and sport communication of a collegiate track and field team. The researcher conducted twentyfour hours of observations and ethnographic interviews with seven research participants (n=7). These approaches provided insight into communicative characteristics of cohesion and leadership, two main conditions of the groupthink theory. An analysis of the observational field notes and ethnographic interviews mostly supported prior research on cohesion and leadership. However, emergent themes are offered, which provide insight into gender communication, sport communication, and small group communication within this setting. A discussion of limitations and future research conclude the study.

Description

Includes bibliographical references (pages 111-123)

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

133

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
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Communication Commons

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