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ERIC Number: EJ888824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Making Sense of the Seven Communication Traditions
Maguire, Katheryn C.
Communication Teacher, v20 n4 p89-92 Oct 2006
Students just starting out in communication, or those who have been studying it for a while, often have difficulty understanding the various ways to view "communication." One way to help students make sense of the field is to look at it from the various traditions in the discipline. Craig (1999) identified the similarities and differences among seven traditions (i.e., socio-psychological, cybernetic, rhetorical, semiotic, socio-cultural, critical, and phenomenological) in an attempt to encourage dialogue among scholars across these areas. This activity aims to identify and differentiate Craig's seven communication traditions and to utilize this framework to understand scientific and humanistic approaches to communication inquiry. This activity capitalizes on the benefits of small group learning to help students make sense of the communication discipline and help instructors identify areas of misunderstanding so they can offer clarification during the activity debrief. [A list of references and suggested readings is included.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A