Scaffolding: exercises for introductory communication theory classes
Lesson plan for a 1-hour introductory Communication Studies theory class. Emphasis is on getting students to use the appropriate tool for their information need while considering indicators of authority. Collection of exercises requiring students to do the following: 1) look up background information on a communication theory; 2) chase down further readings; 3) find a scholarly article that applies a communication theory using the ComAbstracts database. This supports an "interpersonal communication paper" where students outline and critique a communication theory and identify a study that applies the theory.
*Find background information on a communication studies theory
*Find relevant previous research that is cited in encyclopedia articles
*Find a peer-reviewed study that applies a communication theory
*Pick out the main points in a theory-based scholarly article
*Demonstrate an understanding of APA citation format
Information Literacy concepts:
Individual or Group:
This supports an "interpersonal communication paper" where students choose a communication theory to outline and critique. They also must identify a study published in a peer-reviewed journal that applies the theory.