Clans, cliques, clubs, or classmates: Students of group communication should be encouraged to think critically about concepts to the groups that matter to them most—peers. Peer Groups is the first textbook to explore group communication dynamics with this vital group. Drawing on a combination of traditional and new theories, Dr. SunWolf uses an inviting writing style, shares the words and provocative thinking of real world group members, and draws on research from social psychology, communication, and group dynamics. This innovative book offers suggestions for critical thinking and new behaviors in students’ own peer groups and will inspire further exploration of small group dynamics.
Chapter 6: Peer Groups as Decision Makers: Juries
Peer Groups as Decision Makers: Juries
jury•o•lo•gy, n. 1. the study of behaviors of people who serve as jurors in the culture of the courtroom. 2. the sum of the structures, culture, social rules, laws, communication, and dilemmas of trial jurors. 3. the legal-psycho-sociological study of jury deliberations and verdicts.1
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[Page 118]Twelve men of the average of the community, comprising men of education and men of little education, men of learning and men whose learning consists only in what they have themselves seen and heard, the merchant, the mechanic, the farmer, the laborer; these sit together, consult, apply their separate experience of the affairs of life to the facts proven, and draw a unanimous conclusion.