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Research Guide for Feminist Theory and Communication
This Research Guide has been designed to assist you in doing research on gender and communication.
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Identifying Primary Research Literature
The following are links to examples of different kinds of primary research studies in the field of communication. Examine these studies to identify the articles' objects of analysis, communication intersections, and main questions.
Rhetorical Analysis - a range of academic perspectives on the interpretation of social reality and meaning-making, distinguished from scientific positivism by a focus on understanding rather than prediction and explanation, on contingency rather than universal laws, and on reflexivity rather than objectivism. It includes phenomenological and hermeneutic approaches, ethnomethodology, symbolic interactionism, social constructionism, and social semiotics.
Qualitative Research Study - qualitative communication studies focus on the behavior of people and why they think and behave in particular ways. A study is constructed to examine a group of participants which is carefully selected (and described) to be representative of the group being studied. Texts of various sorts may well be studied (such as interviews or survey results) in order to understand particular behavior.
Quantitative Research Study - quantitative communication studies focus on understanding why people behave in particular ways. Studies are constructed to try and determine cause and effect relationships between particular variables. Samples of participants are randomized with the goal to find variables that show statistically significant causes and effects.