COMM prelim 2 study - Contexts of Communication -...

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Contexts of Communication - Intrapersonal- communication with oneself - Interpersonal- face-to-face communication - Small Group- communication with a group of people - Organizational- communication within and among large and extended environments - Public/Rhetorical- communication to a large group of listeners (audience) - Mass- communication to a very large audience through mediated forms - Intercultural- communication between and among members of different cultures Important Definitions - Grand theory- theory that attempts to explain all of a phenomenon such as communication - Mid-range theory- theory that attempts to explain a specified aspect of a phenomenon such ass communication - Narrow theory- theory that attempts to explain a very limited aspect of a phenomenon such as communication - Ontology- questions about the nature of reality - Epistemology- questions about how we know things - Axiology- questions about what is worth knowing - Objectivist view (epistemology)- goal: explanation of world position of researcher: separate application of theory: to generalize about many like cases - Subjectivist view (epistemology) goal: probe the relativism of the world position of the researcher: involved application of theory: to illuminate the individual case - Reliability- the stability and predictability of an observation - Validity- the truth value of an observation THEORIES Organizational Culture Theory People are like spiders who are suspended in the webs that they created at work. An organization’s culture is composed of shared symbols, each of which has a unique meaning. Organizational stories, rituals, and rites of passage are examples of the culture of organization (physical symbols *logo, decor* behavioral symbols *traditions, rewards* verbal symbols *jokes, jargon*) Social Penetration Theory Interpersonal relationships evolve in some gradual and predictable fashion. Social penetration theorists believe that self-disclosure is the primary way that
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This test prep was uploaded on 02/20/2008 for the course COMM 1101 taught by Professor Lewenstein,b. during the Fall '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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