- University of Kansas
- Communication Arts
- Communication Arts 104
- Final Exam
Last Modified: 2011-07-18
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-Can come from a theory
-Can be used for practical terms
2. Systematic process
-Conceptualization – To define, to narrow down, to describe, the area of research or the topic that is going to be addressed
-Design a Research Plan – What are they going to do in the study (i.e. survey, interviews, experiments)
-Enact the Method
-Analyze the Findings
3. Potentially replicable – Possible for other researchers to go back to it.
-Should be able to design it well enough for other researchers to go out and find similar results
4. Reflexive and self-critical – No research is perfect
-No research can accurately describe every situation in the world
5. Cumulative and self-correcting – looking at topics that other people are looking at or that there are already research studies for
6. Cyclical - The process of research rarely reaches and end
-We’ll never hear “We’ve learned everything about that. We don’t need to study it anymore”
Example: Doing a study on your vocabulary and continuously record all week. The types of words you use would be internal.
Example: Giving a vocabulary test to 100 Communication majors at KU and the scores would be similar for most majors, not just one.
-Basic communication research:
-Develops new or extends existing theory
-Expands previous research
-Applied communication research:
-Provides practitioners with up-to-date knowledge
-Educates general public about improving their communication
2. What do we already know about the topic?
-Provides a comprehensive description of what we already know about the topic from previous research
-Develops an argument for your research question(s)/ hypotheses.
3. What is the focus of this research?
-Describe communication behavior
-RQ: What supervisor communication occurs during the dismissal process? (Cox & Kramer, 1995)
-RQ: What do the emotional experiences of 911 call-takers and citizens look like? (Tracy & Tracy, 1998)
-RQ: What are the types of interpersonal rituals reported in friendships and marital relationships? (Bruess & Pearson, 1997)
4. What is the methodology used?
-How was the research conducted?
-Data treatment (analysis)
5. What did the researcher find?
-Results- Typically straightforward account of findings
-Discussion- Researcher interprets the results
-May show new topics to study or new research to collect
It is rare that we can study every person in a population or every text on a given theme
-Has the potential to be richer in meaning
-Helpful when asking questions about “how”
-Often takes more time and resources for the researcher to complete
-Easy to compare and summarize
-Can often be quicker for the researcher to gather
-Can more easily make generalizations to others
-Potential to lose the richness of meaning
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