Using multiple coding schemes to understand argument in In the Jury Room
The present study analyzes argument in jury deliberations by using the Conversational Argument Coding Scheme (CACS) and the content of juror argument using Subject Matter Argument Assessment (SMAA) (Pettus, 1990). The main purpose is to illustrate how the two coding schemes can complement each other to provide rich yet systematic characterization of argument in jury deliberation. Jury deliberations drawn from In the Jury Room, a televised news series on jury deliberation, are coded and analyzed using CACS and SMAA. The researchers found that using two argument coding schemes is beneficial in learning about the types of arguments jurors make and the subject matter about which they argue. The study results are compared with findings from previous studies of juror argument behavior, suggesting that argument in mediated juries differs from argument in mock juries. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Communication Methods and Measures
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Burnett, Ann; Sargent, Jack E.; and Badzinski, Diane M., "Using multiple coding schemes to understand argument in In the Jury Room" (2010). Kean Publications. 2314.