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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)
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• The textbook definition of communication is a social process in which individuals employ symbols to establish and interpret meaning in their environment ("West-Turner: Introducing Communication Theory," 2004). With that being stated, communication is more than just speaking, typing, or texting and even signing. Real communication involves listening and paying attention to what the other person or group of people are expressing. Real communication is about response, give and take. In any real conversation we are all both teachers and learners. Real communication entails being open and honest. It shows the other person something about “who I am” on the inside. But if I really want the other person to pay attention and understand my message, I need to speak peacefully and quietly and directly. No one can really hear and understand anything when people are angry and shouting and looking all over the place.
1. Describe the differences between linear, interactional, and transactional. (150 words)
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• When it comes to communication, the differences between linear, interactional, and transactional communication are very different but are also required for one another to work properly. Linear communication is a one-way street used for communication. It consists of the sender encoding a message and channeling it to the receiver in the presence of noise. There is an assumption that there is a clear beginning and end to this type of communication with no...
References: West-Turner: Introducing Communication Theory. (2004). Understanding the Dialogue, Second Edition (The McGraw-Hill Companies), Ch. 1-8.
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