Explain the word decoding in a communication process.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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From a communications point of view, "decoding" involves being able to ensure that the message, recipient, and messenger are aligned in ensuring maximum comprehension.  In all communication processes, there is a natural belief or fear that the full magnitude of the message will not be received.  This is where decoding enters into the equation.  Using the idea that decoding involves the receiving and interpreting of a particular message, it become essential to ensure that the decoding of a message recovers the entirety or as much as possible of its intent.  It is here where the largest challenge is experienced in the communication process.  The speaker has to make sure that the message they intend to transmit across is decoded in a manner that reveals its full content.  In order for this to happen, the messenger must place themselves into the paradigm of decoding and examine to see where detraction could occur and remedy those.  Public speaking or any type of communication relies on this aspect of decoding.  In the writing process, this is where "editing" enters and, similarly, in the communication process, there is a type of editing whereby the speaker ensures that the message being transmitted is decoded properly, or in a manner that allows the full intent of the message to be received.

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innocent | eNotes Newbie

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Decoding is the general understanding/ interpretating capacity of the receiver on the information conveyed hence letting h/her to give feedback

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patirisha | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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this is a process whereby the receiver after receiving the message then interprates the message into own way of understanding or according to how the message has been presanted to him\her.

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