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comm chapter 2 - Communication Theory Ch 2 Theories of...

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Communication Theory Ch. 2 Theories of Theory Defining theory - How? Stipulative - criteria applied to phenomena Reportive - Deduce from existing examples A combination can provide a better crystallization of the term So what is a theory then? An abstract set of ideas at a higher level than actual observations that may include: Descriptions of phenomena Relationships of phenomena Underlying storyline ( of mechanisms) Links between the above (correspondence rules) We use theory to understand observations Directions of Connection Deductive - starts with theory and applies it to phenomena Inductive - starts with phenomena (observation) and builds theory from it Dialogic - most theories use both in a process (kind of like communication defined) So what does a theory do,then? Solves problems such as: Empirical - observation of a puzzle or problem Conceptual - Internal - within theory External - with another theory Practical
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