A Lifespan Perspective
Every great scholar begins as a student. But what does it take to get there? And what is the journey like? This book explores the lifespan development of some of the best-known communication scholars in the United States. Grounded in 30 in-depth interviews, personal stories, and communication theory, the book reveals the nature of human development, the curvature of disciplinary thinking, and the values that drive communication professionals. With powerful examples from great thinkers and teachers such as Robert Craig, Valerie Manusov, and Gerry Philipsen, the book shows that communicating well is a slow, gradual awakening toward others. How Communication Scholars Think and Act is designed to inspire students and faculty alike to persevere in the face of setbacks, to learn about communication more deeply, and to improve human relationships across contexts. This is an ideal text for courses in communication theory, interpersonal communication, and introductory courses to the field. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to become a communication professional.
Appendix A: Semi-Structured Interview Schedule
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SEMI-STRUCTURED INTERVIEW SCHEDULE
Thank you for agreeing to participate in this project. I’m very much looking forward to getting to know you and learning from your experiences. My main objective today is to understand how you have grown and developed as a communication teacher and scholar. I will be asking you questions to understand how your ways of thinking have evolved over your lifetime, what communication behaviors you believe matter, as well as some of your key turning points in the way you think about and practice communication. Just for you to know, I’m very interested in understanding your personal growth as a professional of communication.
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