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Basic Traditions 3 - Communication Theory and Scholarship...

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Communication Theory and Scholarship Basic Traditions Lecture by Natalie Nelson-Marsh Dimensions of theory Philosophical assumptions: basic beliefs that underline a theory Epistemology-questions of knowledge Studies knowledge How people know what they know -To what extent can knowledge exist before experiences Observe the world-come to know it -To what extent can knowledge be certain Questions Knowledge, admit to errors Knowledge never be certain Universal reality doesn’t exist Now filtered through experiences and perceptions Exists to be discovered Nothing certain till labeled Human element-discovery of knowledge -By what process does knowledge arise Develop form a process Rationalism-knowledge arises out of sheer power of human mind to know truth Empiricism-knowledge arises from perception Constructivism-people create knowledge in order to function pragmatically Knowledge-what the person makes of the world
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