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Essay Questions
10th Edition

A self-help tool to aid in the study of the First Look text (started with the 9th Edition)


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Chapter  1—Launching Your Study of Communication Theory

  1. Griffin, Ledbetter, and Sparks note that many college students “regard theory as obscure, dull, and irrelevant.” After reading this chapter, how would you respond to a classmate who thinks this way?

  2. Explain what Burgoon means by her use of the term "hunches" to describe communication theory.

  3. Communication theorists differ in how they define communication. How important is it that this term is universally understood by communication researchers? By communication students? By the public?

  4. Griffin, Ledbetter, and Sparks’ working definition of communication is: "The relational process of creating and interpreting messages that elicit a response." What do you appreciate most about this definition? What part of the definition would you change?

  5. Compare and contrast two of the theory metaphors mentioned by Griffin, Ledbetter, and Sparks. In what ways are the metaphors similar? How are they different? Which do you think most accurately represents the nature of communication theory?

You can access the Essay Questions for a particular chapter in several ways:

  • Switch to View by Theory, then select the desired theory/chapter from the drop-down list at the top of the page. Look in the list of available resources.
  • To quickly find a theory by chapter number, use the Table of Contents and link from there. It will take you directly to the theory with available options highlighted.
  • You can also use the Theory List, which will take you directly to the theory with available options highlighted.

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Instructors can get
additional resources.
Read more

New to Theory
Resources?

Find out more
in this short
video overview
(3:01).

Essay Questions
10th Edition

A self-help tool to aid in the study of the First Look text (started with the 9th Edition)


List mode: Normal (click on theory name to show detail) | Show All details | Clear details

Chapter  1—Launching Your Study of Communication Theory

  1. Griffin, Ledbetter, and Sparks note that many college students “regard theory as obscure, dull, and irrelevant.” After reading this chapter, how would you respond to a classmate who thinks this way?

  2. Explain what Burgoon means by her use of the term "hunches" to describe communication theory.

  3. Communication theorists differ in how they define communication. How important is it that this term is universally understood by communication researchers? By communication students? By the public?

  4. Griffin, Ledbetter, and Sparks’ working definition of communication is: "The relational process of creating and interpreting messages that elicit a response." What do you appreciate most about this definition? What part of the definition would you change?

  5. Compare and contrast two of the theory metaphors mentioned by Griffin, Ledbetter, and Sparks. In what ways are the metaphors similar? How are they different? Which do you think most accurately represents the nature of communication theory?

You can access the Essay Questions for a particular chapter in several ways:

  • Switch to View by Theory, then select the desired theory/chapter from the drop-down list at the top of the page. Look in the list of available resources.
  • To quickly find a theory by chapter number, use the Table of Contents and link from there. It will take you directly to the theory with available options highlighted.
  • You can also use the Theory List, which will take you directly to the theory with available options highlighted.

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Resources available to all users:

  • Theory Overview—abstract of each chapter
  • Self-Help Quizzes—for student preparation
  • Chapter Outlines
  • Key Names—important names and terms in each chapter
  • Conversation Videos—interviews with theorists
  • Application Logs—student application of theories
  • Essay Questions—for student prepatation
  • Suggested Movie Clips—tie-in movie scenese to theories
  • Links—web resources related to each chapter
  • Primary Sources—for each theory with full chapter coverage
  • Further Resources—bibliographic and other suggestions
  • Changes—for each theory, since the previous edition
  • Theory Archive—PDF copies from the last edition in which a theory appeared

Resources available only to registered instructors who are logged in:

  • Discussion Suggestions
  • Exercises & Activities
  • PowerPoint® presentations you can use
  • Short Answer Quizzes—suggested questions and answers
  • Compare Texts—comparison of theories covered in A First Look and ten other textbooks

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