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New Research in Communication

New Research in Communication

July 12, 2016

“Team-based Learning for the Basic Communication Course: A Transformative Pedagogical Approach,” in Review of Communication, published online June 2016, by Luke LeFebvre. 

“The basic course in communication is the foundation and most enduring educational feature of the communication discipline. However, the pedagogy for the course continues to remain stagnant,” writes LeFebvre. In his essay, the author proposes team-based learning as an instructional method to advance the basic course in Communication. The method uses a specific sequence of individual and group work, and provides immediate feedback and accountability for students.

“Commemorative Places, Political Spaces: Virginia Indians, the Jamestown Quadricentennial, and the Quest for Sovereignty,” in Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, published online June 2016, by Patricia Davis

Commemorations are an important part of civic life and typically celebrate “official” versions of history that tend to prevail over other accounts. These celebrations, such as the Quadricentennial commemoration of the founding at Jamestown, can also bring scrutiny from those for whom cultural memories of the historical moment are different. In this essay, Davis examines the cross-cultural communication strategies used by a coalition of indigenous tribes in Virginia to leverage the Quadricentennial commemoration in support of their sovereignty campaign.

“The Influence of Heterogeneous Exposure and Pre-Deliberation Queries on Pretrial Publicity Effects,” in Communication Monographs, published online May 2016, by Jon Bruschke, Andrew Gonis III, Sarah A. Hill, Pam Fiber-Ostrow, and William Loges.  

Legal proceedings are often covered by the media. But what effect does this media coverage have on potential jurors? Prior research has shown mixed results. This study explores the effects of homogenous versus heterogeneous media exposure (whether deliberating jurors were all exposed to the same publicity or not), and whether inquiring about a juror’s pre-deliberation opinion has contributed to mixed results in past studies about media exposure effects on jurors.