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Theory and Metatheory COMM 200 Dr. Gibbs 1/31/11
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The Value of Understanding Communication Theory Improved critical thinking skills Appreciation for the richness of the  research Application to your life experiences
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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. 
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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.
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Example: Social Exchange Theory Time of the  Year Costs of  Relationship  Maintenance Frequency of  Breakups
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Goals of Theory Explanation Understanding Prediction Social Change
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