Launching Your Study of Communication Theory

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Chapter 1: Launching Your Study of Communication Theory Broad definition of Theory – an umbrella term for all careful, systematic and self-conscious discussion and analysis of communication phenomena Judee Burgoon’s definition of Theory (frequently cited) – a set of systematic, informed hunches about the way things work 3 key features of Burgoon’s notion of Theory i. A set of hunches - if a theory is a set of hunches, it means that we still unsure of the answer - theories always involve an element of speculation or conjecture - theory is not just one inspired thought or an isolated idea, involves multiple hunches when a theory is being constructed - a developed theory offers some sort of explanation and some indication of scope ii. Informed hunches - a theorist’s hunches should be informed - before developing a theory, there are articles to be read, people to talk to etc. - communication theorist should be familiar with alternative explanations and interpretations
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  • Spring '08
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