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  Assignment: Practitioner Assignment: Communication ResearchThis week, you examine important approaches or perspectives in the history of communication studies: laws, rules, and systems.In the laws approach, or the covering laws perspective, you try to understand the causes and effects of the outcome. The roots of this approach are in the sciences and social sciences, with a focus on causality, generalizability, and predictability. For example, you might research learning outcomes. You could measure whether teachers’ use of humor or classroom technology impacts students’ learning of material.In the rules approach, you would set aside any previous ideas or theory and try to discover the rules from the situation itself. For example, imagine you are studying what goes on in a classroom. What teaching strategies does the instructor use and under what situations? How do students respond to different strategies? In this sense, “rules” do not refer to the understood rules for what people are “supposed” to do (e.g., “don’t talk back to teachers”), but the patterns of what people actually do. These can be healthy or unhealthy patterns (for example, a teacher’s “rule” or pattern may be to dismiss suggestions made by students).In the systems approach, you would see an interaction between the teachers’ style and the students’ responses. For example, if the teacher is a strong disciplinarian, the student may “act out,” becoming a discipline problem, which leads the teacher to be more severe, which leads the student to rebel more, and so on.In this Practitioner Assignment, you apply the laws, rules, and systems approaches to a common miscommunication problem. This assignment will help you become accustomed to applying the critical thinking and analytical rigor that is part of graduate education. These types of diagnosis and problem-solving skills also are similar to what would be required in many communication professions. The ability to apply critical thinking and analysis also will help prepare you for your Course Project.To prepare for this Practitioner Assignment:Review the Week 2 Practitioner Assignment Rubric so you are clear on how your work is going to be assessed.Think of a scenario, interaction, or environment. For example, an incident or interaction in your workplace, home, or place of worship.Think of a common associated misunderstanding that you would encounter in that context.Reflect on the laws, rules, and systems approaches you explored this week. Note: For the purposes of this Assignment, you do not need to focus on a communibiological approach.To complete this Practitioner Assignment:Submit by Day 7 a 500- to 700-word (approximately 1.5–2 pages) paper that addresses the following:Briefly describe the scenario, interaction, or environment you selected, and the type of common miscommunication that you would encounter.Explain how to apply the laws/social scientific, rules/humanistic/interpretative, and systems approach to this miscommunication by paraphrasing or summarizing from the readings.Then, describe how each approach would address this miscommunication.Finally, evaluate which approach would best help you understand miscommunications in your workplace, industry, or personal life.Be sure to cite from the readings in APA format.To submit your Assignment, do the following:Save your Assignment as a “.doc” file with the filename “WK2Assgn+last name+first initial.doc”. For example, Sally Ride’s filename would be “WK2AssgnRideS.doc”.To upload your Assignment, click on Assignments on the course navigation menu, and then click the “Assignment Turnitin – Week 2” link.
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