Questions to Guide your Reading of Chapter 8 Constructivism by Jesse Delia

Is there a way to help children develop the abilities to construct more sophisticated, person-centered messages? If not, why not? If so, what might be needed to make that happen?

Irwin, H. (Spring, 1983). Attribution, constructivism, and images in interpersonal communication.
Communicator ,13, 62-79.

While I very much like the notion that attribution theory and constructivism combined could more fully inform us about interpersonal interactions, I do not believe that Dr. Irwin has adequately explained how that might happen. Posit how these two well accepted theories might work together to better explain an interpersonal interaction.

Helpful links:

Easier discussion of attribution theory

Second distillation of attribution theory


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