More Information about: The Interpersonal Web
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The Interpersonal Web was designed to support courses that study interpersonal relationships. While such courses are typically offered through departments of communication with an emphasis upon communication as a process, the study of interpersonal relationships is interdisciplinary in scope. Resources available on the Interpersonal Web are drawn from other humanities areas such as philosophy, literary studies, media criticism, and ethics as well as from fields in the social sciences including psychology, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, and linguistics.

Professional and practical applications of theories and practice in interpersonal communication may be made to other areas such as business, medicine, law, law enforcement, journalism and engineering, which depend on successful interpersonal communication.

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Financial support for the development of the site was provided by the Dogwood Project at Northern Virginia Community. Dogwood is a virtual learning environment. Its goals are to:

  • allow faculty to share their knowledge with students and other faculty in an innovative educational environment;
  • provide appropriate training and mentoring support, peer review, and a web site for faculty who wish to develop and publish content-rich resource web sites on a variety of discipline-related topics for use by colleagues and students;
  • give students learning opportunities beyond those of the traditional classroom;
  • support both classroom- and distance-based learning at the College.

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Some of the articles cited and annotated on the pages of the Interpersonal Web are full text articles available through InfoTrac. InfoTrac is an online data base. Check with your campus librarian to determine the most effective way to access these articles.

If you course provides a subscription to InfoTrac, you can also use your passcode for the Wadsworth InfoTrac College Edition.

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Dr. Terrence A. Doyle is a Professor of Speech Communication and Drama at the Northern Virginia Community College. His teaching specialities include communication, public speaking, interpersonal relationships and multimedia presentations. He offers courses on the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College through its Liberal Arts Division, and online classes through the Extended Learning Institute at Northern Virginia Community College. He is also affiliated with the Department of Communication at George Mason University where he teaches a course in interpersonal communication theory, and the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa where he teaches distance education courses in technology in education and communication theory.

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The navigation symbols used to identify the major sections of the site were drawn by the author. They are intended to be archetypes.

To symbolize self concept, we use a symbol from Ghana called nykin nyin. It means transformation of self.

Cultural context is represented by the icon tellus, a symbol for the planet Earth.

A simple S-curve is used as an icon for relational development. In scientific notation, it signifies wave motion and oscillating movement. As applied to interpersonal relationships, we examine the development of relationships as a process that is not static.

To represent types of interpersonal relationships an oval enclosing three human "stick" figures is used to stand for the concept of human connections.

Mercury, the winged messenger of Roman mythology, is the icon for verbal and nonverbal messages. The symbol on this page is adapted from an astrological sign for Mercury.

To represent the receptive qualities of listening and perception, three open-ended circles are embedded within one another.

Alongside each icon on the home page you will see textual information to label the area of the site that each icon symbolizes. At the bottom of each page of the site there is also a navigation bar with textual links to each of the major sections of the site. On the top of each of the secondary level pages, you will also find textual links for returning to the home page or for the site index. For more information about these and other archetypes, go to

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For many users of the Interpersonal Web, the site index will be quickest way to navigate the site as a whole. The index outlines the content in each of the six sections of the site and provides links to subtopics for each section.

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The author's gratitude is extended to the members of the Dogwood Project at Northern Virginia Community College for their support and guidance, to colleagues in communication studies for their input to the content of the site, to Dr. Belle Wheelan, President of NVCC, for her support of the Dogwood Project, and to Messrs. Steve Benzek and John Rebstock for their feedback and help with the home page.

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 cultural context | self | relational development | listening & perception | messages | relationships
Copyright, 2000-05 by Terrence A. Doyle, Ph. D.
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