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COM 512, Spring 2017 – Reading Guide Questions for March 27

For Kramer (1999):

1. In a nutshell, what is uncertainty reduction theory?

2. In a nutshell, what are the critiques of URT?

3. In a nutshell, what's the big news that makes Kramer's Motivation to Reduce Uncertainty model different?

4. What are Kramer's four reasons for low motivation to seek information?  Are they reasons for low motivation to seek information for you?

5, What are the factors that make people more or less likely to seek information that Kramer identifies on pp. 309-310?  Do they make sense to you?

6. Think of a situation at work where you went to seek information to reduce uncertainty.  Now think of a different situation at work where there were things you didn't know but you didn't care enough to seek info.  Does the difference between these two scenarios fit Kramer's model?

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


For May & Tenzek (2011):

1. What are the research questions for this study?  What do they have to do with URT?

2. Where'd the authors gather their data?  Having gathered that data, how'd they analyze it?

3.  Explain each of the three themes they identified in your own words.  Putting yourself in the shoes of an intended parent,  would the examples the authors provide for each theme make your more or less likely to contact the surrogate that offers them?

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

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

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