A. The case is about the creation of the â€œDVERTâ€ team in the Castle Springs Police Department. The case describes issues the team confronted (and helpfully labels them â€œThe Issuesâ€ talked about in a meeting), as well as the results of a consultancyâ€™s audit. There are several tensions and challenges presented, though you may choose to consider an issue not presented in the case (and maybe even not likely that it would have been understood as a concern by the participants). Considering the case, address the following in the first part of your essay:
–Whatâ€™s Worth Studying Here? What issue/phenomenon/problem (i.e., what thing thatâ€™s happening) do you find mysterious, frustrating, or compelling in the caseâ€”in other words, whatâ€™s your interest in examining this case (beyond the fact that weâ€™re making it the basis of the assignment)?
–Who/What is Making This Happen? Present your understanding of how the issue/phenomenon/problem is being/had been created: What meanings are generating the issue at hand? (And keep in mind that the members of the DVERT team, and also the consultants, have participated in producing those meaningsâ€”theyâ€™re not simply happening to) Another way to think of this is to ask the following: â€œTo understand the meanings creating the issue/phenomenon/problem in this case, we would need to know _______.â€ You might fill in that blank by saying that those meanings are the product of the people and their personal characteristics (and their fields of experience, including the relationships they have created), by the roles they play, by the messages exchanged, by the context (including history), by the organizationâ€™s policies, and the like. Here you should be specific about what is participating in communication, in your view.
B. Consider the Event from the Perspective of the 2 Models of Communication
You will look at the issues from the perspective of the 2 models of communication described in class (linear and transactional). First, describe how you might explain what is happening in the case from the perspective of a linear model of communication (i.e., to what would such a model direct your attention, given the issue and participants youâ€™ve identified?). Then, address how a transactional model might shape your thinking. This is where your enumeration of who/what is making the issue/phenomenon/problem happen (from above) becomes important: The elements you consider to be creating the meanings that comprise the tension (that make the issue/phenomenon/problem happen) should be part of at least one of your models of communication. Draw at least two comparisons between these two perspectivesâ€”these comparisons can also involve critiques of the ability of one model to explain the event in comparison to the other.
C. Address the Criteria for Evaluating Theory
Finally, focus on the criteria for evaluating theory that are discussed in Chapter 3 (pp. 56-58). Though it might be a stretch to call the results of your efforts in the second section a theory as weâ€™ve defined it in this class, the aim of that section is to try to explain what happened in the case. If you were forced to choose, which one of those criteria seems like the most important consideration in evaluating an explanation of this event? Why? How would it evaluate your explanation?
-Your paper should be around 6 pages (roughly 1250 words, with 12-point font, one-inch margins, and double-spacing)
-This is an academic paper, meaning the tone and writing style should be more formal and professional