Communication and Social Science
Study Guide for Examination 1
Chapter 1: Introduction to Communication Theory
Why study Communication?
Identify and describe the four reasons.
Why will learning a particular set of communication skills not guarantee
What must communicators know and do to be successful?
Communication is a Process
Define sign. Define and give examples of a symbol. Define and give
examples of a symptom.
Define and describe communication as a co-orientation process, individual
interpretation process, shared meaning process and contextual process.
What are the three ways that definitions of communication differ? Provide
Name and describe the two characteristics. Give examples of situations in which the two characteristics are inconsistent with one another.
Goals of Communication
Name and describe the three basic goals.
What is the definition of a Communication Theory?
Goals of Communication Theory.
Name and define the four goals.
Criteria for Evaluating a Communication
Name and describe the six criteria.
Characteristics of All Theories
Name and describe the two characteristics.
Components of a Theory.
What are variables? What are independent variables? What are
dependent variables? Give communication examples.
What are propositions? What are the characteristics of propositions? Give
Chapter 2. Theory Development
The Theory-Research Link
What is Inductive Theory Development? What is an example?
What is Deductive Theory
Development? What is an example?
Research Methods in Communication
What is an Experiment? What is a Survey? How do they differ?
Communication Theory Research Perspectives
What is a research perspective? What is the relationship between a
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