Communication Theory And Critical Thinking Skills

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All human beings communicate with each other either with intention or without intention every single day. According to Barth (2014), Palo Alto Team stated “one cannot not communicate” in one of their axioms of communication. Communication can be defined as “a social process in which individuals employ symbols to establish and interpret meaning in their environment” (Went & Turner, 2014, p. 5). It can be divided into three models in order to enhance our understanding towards the function of communication, which are mainly linear model, interactional model and transactional model (Wood, 2009). According to Went and Turner, 2014, there are also different traditions and contexts in communication where it helps us to break down difficulties when we attempt to understand communication theory and their process. …show more content…

What do we actually learn from communication theory? According to International Association of Communication Activists (IACACT) (n.d.), one of the value of understanding communication theory is to cultivate critical thinking skills. Critical thinking skills are important as it show the perspectives of our thinking and knowledge we have. As a prove, cultivation thinking skills have been put on top of the list in the current English teaching and educational reform besides 2,000 version of Higher Education Teaching for English Majors also stresses its importance (Yue & Ning, 2015). Critical thinking also can be perceived as vital skills required for mastery of school subjects (Yusuf & Adeoye,

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