ERIC Number: EJ889941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Reference Count: 5
The $20 Question: Generating and Evaluating Theory
Wildermuth, Susan M.
Communication Teacher, v18 n2 p65-69 Apr 2004
Understanding how to evaluate a theory, whether that theory is a self-constructed hunch or a scholar's formal set of propositions, is a vital foundation needed by students as they apply communication theories to their everyday lives. In many communication theory courses, the criteria for theory evaluation are introduced early in the semester. As a result, students enrolled in these courses are often able to recite these criteria for evaluating a theory, but they experience difficulty applying the criteria in an actual theory critique. This activity puts students' "knowledge into practice" by having them generate and evaluate an informal theory of their own.
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Criteria, Evaluation, Communication (Thought Transfer), Models
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