Some Thoughts on Communication Theory and Research

What is a theory?

What do theories do?
Five functions of theories:
1. Comprehension - theories promote      understanding
1. Explanation - theories explain
2. Prediction - theories predict
3. Control - theories provide certainty
4. Criticism - theories provide a basis for  evaluation and judgment
(adapted from Miller and Nicholson,  Communication Inquiry, 1976; and Anderson, Communication Theory, 1996).

Communication Theory Propositions

             -- Specification of the initial conditions that generate the theory.
             -- Clear identification of outcomes. Theory and Research Why Do Research? Research Orientations