By Em Griffin
The main widely-used textbook for the conversation thought path, a primary examine conversation concept analyzes the key conversation theories at a degree that's applicable for either decrease- and upper-level classes. The theories represented within the textual content mirror a mixture of foundational and up to date scholarship and strike a stability of clinical and interpretive ways.
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Indd Page 13 12/01/11 8:06 AM user-f469 CHAPTER /Volumes/208/MHSF234/gri34307_disk1of1/0073534307/gri34307_pagefiles 2 Talk About Theory Behavioral scientist A scholar who applies the scientific method to describe, predict, and explain recurring forms of human behavior. Rhetorician A scholar who studies the ways in which symbolic forms can be used to identify with people, or to persuade them toward a certain point of view. I met Glenn Sparks and Marty Medhurst my first year teaching at Wheaton College.
CHAPTER FEATURES TO ENLIVEN THEORY In many of the chapters ahead, I use an extended example from life on a college campus, a well-known communication event, or the conversations of characters in movies, books, or TV shows. The main purpose of these illustrations is to provide a mind’s-eye picture of how the theory works. The imagery will also make the basic thrust of the theory easier to recall. But if you can think of a situation in your own life where the theory is relevant, that personal application will make it doubly interesting and memorable for you.
We spent many hours shooting baskets in his driveway. The backboard was mounted on an oldfashioned, single-car garage with double doors that opened outward like the doors on a cabinet. In order to avoid crashing into them on a drive for a layup, we’d open the doors during play. But since the doors would only swing through a 90-degree arc, they extended about 4 feet onto the court along the baseline. One day Mike announced that he’d developed a “never-miss” shot. He took the ball at the top of the free-throw circle, drove toward the basket, then cut to the right corner.
A First Look at Communication Theory, 8th Edition by Em Griffin