identify FIVE theories that we covered that interested you or that struck you as particularly useful. There will be THREE sections to your paper:
- Summarize– In approximately ONE paragraph EACH, summarize the theory. Include in your summary a) what type of theory it is (such as interpersonal, intercultural, group, or rhetorical; see Table of Contents), b) the purpose of the theory (or what it helps us understand about communication, and c) any important concepts it is based on or teaches us.
- Compare and Contrast– Compare and contrast these five theories. What do they seem to have in common? What are some major differences?
- Evaluate– evaluate if these FIVE theories line up with a thread or principle, come out of a single scholarly tradition, or address a particular communication context? Or do you seem intrigued by seemingly unrelated theories? Then evaluate your beliefs about communication theory. Consider your answers to the following questions in your paper: What does this tell you about what you believe about communication (i.e., are you more objective or rhetorical? more interested in interpersonal or organizational communication?)