Comm 200 LN 0126_handout

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Unformatted text preview: Chapters 3 & 4 Theory and Metatheory COMM 200 Dr. Gibbs 1/26/11 The Value of Understanding Communication Theory Improved critical thinking skills Appreciation for the richness of the research Application to your life experiences What is Theory? A theory is an abstract system of concepts and their relationships that helps us understand a phenomenon. A theory is a way to describe, explain, predict, and control something. Components of Theory Concepts words or terms that label the most important elements in a theory. Nominal concepts unobservable Real concepts observable Relationships specifications for the ways in which the concepts in the theory are combined. Example: Social Exchange Theory Time of the Year Costs of Relationship Maintenance Frequency of Breakups Goals of Theory Explanation Understanding Prediction Social Change Paradigms...
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