Students should locate natural settings for these observations (e.g., friend or family homes, child
care settings, backyards, playgrounds, malls, senior centers, restaurants, etc.) in which there
exists a strong potential for interaction partners to be observed. You are free to use relatives
and/or friends! Students should observe each set of interaction partners for a
minimum of three
hours
(all at once or in multiple time frames), focusing on
verbal and nonverbal
communication
for each person for each assignment, and then complete a written summary.
Students must follow this format for each written summary of their observations:
I.
Introduction:
o
This section must include a detailed description of what research and theory
explain are the typical interaction patterns, communication skills and abilities
and/or, language skills one would expect to see in the age groups of each
interaction partner. For example, if you are observing a child and an adult, you
must explain what the research/theory says are the typical interaction patterns,
communication skills and abilities of BOTH the adult AND the child. If you only

discuss one or the other, points will be deducted.
o
This entire section must be grounded in
communication research and theory
using
only scholarly, academic sources – websites are NOT acceptable sources for any
assignment in this class. Each paper should have a minimum of 4 scholarly
sources.
o
This section should be a minimum of approximately 2-3 pages in length
II.
Narrative:
o
This section must contain rich, detailed descriptions of the specific behaviors and
interactions of BOTH partners that you observe during your time observing the
interaction partners.
o

 

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