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Communication Theory

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									     Communication Theory
• How do therapists know how to help
  People?
• How do teachers know how to teach?
• How do coaches know how to win?
• How do we know how to communicate
  most effectively?
      Are Theories Difficult?
• An invitation to the life of the mind
• Learning to love knowledge for its own
  sake
• Invitation to an ongoing conversation
     i.e. Kenneth Burke’s Parlor
• Communication Theory is an idea game
                Suggestions
•   Stay Positive
•   Maintain a Perspective--Big Picture
•   Find Good Resources
•   Don’t Procrastinate
           Some Perspectives
•   Fort Peck--Order or Chaos
•   The Elephant and the Blind Researchers
•   What is your perspective?
•   How do you perceive communication?
        More on Perspectives
• Communication Theories describe and/or
  explain. Do they predict?
• Eastern vs. Western perspectives--
  Wholeness and unity vs. analytical
  reductionism; spirituality vs. individual
  purpose; non-speech vs. speech/language
• Study of Communication is diverse,
  eclectic, and multidisciplinary today.
    Three Types of Scholarship
• Science--objectivity
• Humanities--subjectivity
• Social Science--blends the two
Three Approaches to Knowledge
• Knowing by discovery--search for
  objectivity
• Knowing by interpreting--construction of
  meaning
• Knowing by criticism--application of values
  and judgements to what is observed or
  experienced
 Five Genres of Communication
           Theories
• Structural/Functional--assumes that reality
  is ordered
• Cognitive/Behavioral--mechanisms of the
  mind
• Interactional/Conventional--social life
• Interpretative--meaning and language
• Critical Theories--domination/oppression
      Four Levels or Contexts of
              Inquiry
•   Interpersonal
•   Group
•   Organizational
•   Mass
        Ten General Theories
• We will look at ten general theories that
  may apply to all the categories
• They are core theories and apply to any
  context
So, Welcome to the Adventure of
    the Mind called Theory
• The Farmer and the “object in the field”
• Which explanations do you most often turn
  to?

								
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