A researcher, critic, or scholar has many roles. They work to understand the communication phenomenon all around them. They take the work they have completed and translate it for students, peers, and the various publics they serve. This is most often done through the publication process and the classroom. Another role is to read, understand, interpret, and (most importantly) critique the work of their peers and others in their field. The purpose of this entry is to explain why such a stance is important, how to go about developing such a mind-set, and the ways that this point of view (referred to from here on as a paradigm) can be applied to the research process.
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