Communication Introduction Worksheet
In your own words, please answer the following questions. Each response should be written as an academic paragraph of at least 150 words. Be clear and concise, and be sure to explain your answers. If you cite any sources, use APA format.
1. WHAT IS THE TEXTBOOK DEFINITION OF COMMUNICATION? WHAT DOES COMMUNICATION MEAN TO YOU PERSONALLY? GIVE AN EXAMPLE. (150 WORDS)
Answers will vary.
The text book defines communication as “social process individuals employ symbols to establish and interpret meaning in their environment” (Turner & West, 2004). However, the text also points out that everyone will have their own meaning of communication. Personally, my definition of communication is the way a person or persons try to relate feelings to one another using words or actions to relay to others their emotions or thought process. To me, communication is the most important thing in my life. Without communication most relationships with any other person will fail. Communication is not something that is easy for a lot of people because it can result in uncomfortable feelings that many people try to avoid. When it comes to communication within my family, my relationship, and my co-workers, I try to be an open book. I think that when you are successful at communicating with someone the relationship you have with them will result in a positive manner.
1. Describe the differences between linear, interactional, and transactional. (150 words)
Answers will vary. The linear model of communication is a one way message that is sent by a source and intended for a receiver. The elements of linear communication are: source, message, receiver, and channel. It shows that a person is a sender or a receiver only (Turner & West, 2004). The interactional model views communication as sharing the meaning with feed-back linking a source and a receiver. It differs from linear because