ERIC Number: EJ888780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 7
"We Decided to Call It Quits": An Exercise in Applying Duck's Dissolution Model to Students' Breakup Stories
Barton, Matthew H.; Turman, Paul D.
Communication Teacher, v22 n2 p35-38 Apr 2008
Steve Duck's scholarship has made a noticeable impact on the study of interpersonal communication. Of his works, one of the most noteworthy is the explanatory model of relationship disengagement and dissolution. Duck's Dissolution Model (DDM) explains the stages that relationships pass through when they encounter stress resulting in two trajectories. DDM is often an integral part of the instruction related to relationship breakup in both interpersonal and hybrid communication course texts. This paper explores an activity that is valuable in discussing the accuracy of the model and demonstrates a method for engaging students by allowing them to connect theory to their life experiences.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Models, Learning Activities, Learner Engagement, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Instructional Effectiveness
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