This essay advances a particular form of communication theory, known as "practical theory," and illustrates how it can be integrated into the basic course. A practical approach to theory involves the "rational reconstruction of practices" such that the events studied and the principles used to study those events co-evolve through the act of theorizing and the actual performance of communication. The essay examines some of the obstacles prohibiting the use of practical theory and provides a model and extended example for illustrating how the practical approach can be used in the basic communication course.
"Rethinking the Role of Theory in the Basic Course: Taking a 'Practical' Approach to Communication Education,"
Basic Communication Course Annual: Vol. 8
, Article 7.
Available at: http://ecommons.udayton.edu/bcca/vol8/iss1/7