Week_2_-_Understanding_Theory

Week_2_-_Understanding_Theory - COMM 20113 Dr. Schrodt, p....

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COMM 20113 – Dr. Schrodt, p. 1 WEEK 2 – UNDERSTANDING COMMUNICATION THEORY Communication Theory Defined . . . A _____________ is a human construction – it is a symbolic way we represent phenomena or ____________________ of the world. Theories help us understand what something is, _________________, what it produces or _____________________, and what can change how it operates. A ____________________ theory is a symbolic creation designed to explain why __________________ or _______________________________occur in the ______________ we observe. Functions of Theory (Infante et al., 1996) 1. They organize ___________________ – they help reduce a wide variety of experiences into relatively few propositions. 2. Theories ______________ knowledge – they enable us to go beyond the data observed & extend our knowledge to events which we have not yet encountered. 3. Theories ___________________ and guide further research. 4. Theories perform an _____________________ function.
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2008 for the course COMM 20113 taught by Professor Schrodt during the Spring '08 term at TCU.

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Week_2_-_Understanding_Theory - COMM 20113 Dr. Schrodt, p....

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