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Mind the Gap (in Literature) Research Paper Each of you will select a topic rela
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Mind the Gap (in Literature) Research Paper Each of you will select a topic rela
Mind the Gap (in Literature) Research Paper Each of you will select a topic related to communication and/or engagement themes addressed this semester in which you have expressed interest. Using scholarly peer reviewed articles from communication journals as a starting point, you will discuss a significant research problem in the area of interest. What are the predominant theories that have been applied? What other theories might be helpful in order to understand this problem? Through a review of the literature, 1) determine the extent to which the problem has been investigated from the perspectives of theories covered in class (if at all) or 2) propose, with justification, why this problem might be explored through the use of other theories. Paper Details and Expectations The introduction to theory in this course is, intentionally, basic. You are expected to explore more deeply the theory/theories you want to engage. This requires you conducting research on the relevant literature(s). To be able to articulate a gap in the literature(s) relevant to you requires you to be able to confidently say what is—and isn’t—there. You may be coming into the course with already-specified theoretical interests. If that’s the case, how does a theory from communication intersect, support, or challenge a previously held understanding of theory (e.g. in leadership, community engagement, etc.)? If you are starting from communication theory, then what is absent, minimized, or overlooked when it comes to a concern that may have emerged in the course of the semester thus far? We have not explored much with respect to grounded experiences of theory through the course readings, but you are encouraged to read ahead and think about what it means to think about the role of communication in community-based settings as a scholar, practitioner, and/or civic professional. A seminar paper is the key assignment of this course, designed to demonstrate your sustained, focused analysis of a concept, issue, or problem. Typically a paper of 15-20 pages, the research paper is a demanding piece of writing, both in terms of the amount of research required and the relatively short time in which you have to complete the assignment.1 Below are some helpful elements to think about and include in your paper: • Fundamentally, what is your argument or claim? This is your thesis. Is your thesis clearly evident? • How well have you used evidence to develop your thesis and to support your own point of view? Have your surveyed the literature(s) sufficiently to make this claim that there is a gap? • How well do you demonstrate valid logic and sound reasoning in the course of making your argument? • How flexible have you been in approaching the topic, rather than letting your preconceptions influence your analysis of issues and their implications? • How fair and accurate have you been in presenting complicating viewpoints, and in citing evidence that helps reconcile the opposition? This is a course paper. It has constraining it the inherent limitations of time of a semester. It is, however, an opportunity to build on scholarly interests you have beyond this course—your (proposed) dissertation topic, for one. With that said, it is expected to be written at the level of a doctoral seminar with all appropriate writing style and citations for such an assignment. PLEASE USE THE PDF I ATTACHED AS ONE OF THE SOURCES

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