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COM 512, Spring 2017 – Reading Guide Questions for February 20

For Toma (2014):

1. In your own words,what does she say in the opening paragraph (bottom 155-mid 156) about what makes adaptation so important?

2. In the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs (mid 156-top 157), what's her objective in this article?

3. In your own words, what are the three types of modalities she describes? (p. 157)

4.
. In your own words, what are the types of mechanisms she describes? (pp. 157-158)

5. Explain Communication Accommodation Theory (CAT) in your own words: What do people try to do? In what ways do they try to do it? What can go wrong? (pp. 158-159)

6. How does she analyze CAT using her criteria? (pp. 159-160)

7. Now explain Interaction Adaptation Theory (IAT) in your own words: How does it differ from CAT? What are Reciprocity and Compensation? What are the three factors IAT says everyone enters a social interaction with? What's an Interaction Position? What's it used for?

8. How does she analyze IAT using her own criteria?

CAT and IAT are the only two of the theories she discusses that I think are essential for you to learn in this class, so let's jump to...

9.
What are the big takeaways from this article for you?

For Duggan & Bradshaw (20081):

1. Read that anecdote on p. 211, right below the keywords.  Before reading anything else in the article, how do you respond to the anecdote?

2. How would you summarize their synopsis of physician-patient interaction research on pp. 212-213?

3. Specifically how are they applying IAT in this study? (pp. 213-214)

4. What are the hypotheses?  Who are the participants?  What were they asked to do?  How was the data analyzed?

5. What did they find out?

6. Those of you who took COM 502 last semester: What concept from that class does this study remind you of?

7. What are the big takeaways from this article for you?

8. Is this article post-positivist, interpretive, or critical?

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