Communication Studies

Publication covering communication, language and linguistics.

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 2, Summer

An Other-Burkean Frame: Rhetorical Criticism and the Call of the Other
In a relatively recent article of Communication Studies, Murray (1998) employs the philosophy of ethics of Emmanuel Levinas to offer a critique and extension of Kenneth Burke's rhetorical theory. Continuing the work of some feminist scholars, (1) Murray...
Becoming a Better Teacher: Learning from Our Mistakes
The purpose of this essay is to explain the evolution of my teaching philosophy and ever-changing pedagogy. Throughout my six years of teaching in the college classroom, I have learned many things that have ultimately shaped me as a teacher. I realized...
Bridges, Bull's-Eyes, and Dreams: Can the Stories We Tell Make a Difference?
Shortly after my wife and I first met, we were performing the roles of Beauty and the Beast in a children's theatre production. Following the play, we found ourselves in the lobby surrounded by curious children eager to feel the fabric of Beauty's...
Encouraging Student Involvement: An Approach to Teaching Communication
Research demonstrates that students approach learning using the following strategies: (a) surface strategies (meeting requirements at a minimal level, usually through rote learning), (b) achieving strategies (striving to receive high grades, even if...
"I Never Felt More Uncomfortable in My Life": University Students' Discursive Constructions of "The Lesbian Convention"
In your years here, I hope you have come to appreciate the ... virtue of tolerance. But today and in the future tolerance is not enough. Your responsibility as an educated person is to take an active role in discovering the thinking, the cultural practices,...
"Keeping It Real:" Identity Management Strategies Used by Teens in Conversation
Identity management is a process through which individuals make choices to enact and negotiate different identities (Carbaugh, 1994; Czariawaska-Joreges, 1994; Harre, 1994; Thoger Christensen & Cheney, 1994; McKerrow & Bruner, 1997). Identity...
Movement as Memory: Significant Form in Eyes on the Prize
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Martin Luther King, Jr. (1965) Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 ranks as one of the most successful television documentaries of all time. The PBS...
Perceptions and Practices regarding M.A. Capstone Options and Ph.D. Admission Decisions: A Survey of Communication M.A. and Ph.D. Program Representatives
Communication departments with a "destination" or "terminal" M.A. degree often give students a choice among alternative capstone experiences, such as a thesis, comprehensive exams, or a professional project. Historically, completing a thesis was a...
Responsibility in Instruction: Who Is Doing the Learning Here?
One of the most challenging elements of being a teacher is that we are considered responsible for our student's learning. And yet, we cannot learn for our students; student learning is an activity done by the student not by the teacher. So, how teachers...
The Empowerment Dilemma: The Dialectic of Emancipation and Control in Staff/client Interaction at Shelters for Battered Women
When she walked through the front door of the enormous brown brick house, she did not know what to expect. It seemed like any of the other houses on the block except for the foreboding, fenced--in yard and the barely visible video camera above the...
The U.S. Supreme Court 1969-1992: A Shift toward an Individualistic Style of Judging
INTRODUCTION The United States Supreme Court decided the disputed 2000 presidential election with its landmark Bush v. Gore opinion. The 5-4 ideological split violated a historical tradition of consensus building in important political cases. For...