Journals Higher Education



Published: 06 December 2019

480 Pages

8-1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780190925697

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Understanding Human Communication

Fourteenth Edition

Ronald B. Adler, George Rodman, and Athena du Pré

  • Presents reader-friendly, up-to-date, and clear (yet not too simplistic) content, giving students what they need to be successful and keeping them interested with an approachable tone
  • Real-life examples and engaging images make concepts interesting, clear, and relevant to students' lives
  • Updated and expanded coverage of social media--including its associated advantages and dangers and its masspersonal and hyperpersonal nature--will help students recognize the challenges of managing communication across the multitude of platforms that they use every day
  • Revised discussions of culture and communication--with updated explorations of race and ethnicity, regional differences, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, physical abilities, age/generation, and socioeconomic status--provide relevant context and analysis for students
  • Integrates both practical skills and scholarship and embraces the idea that each enhances the other, resulting in a more balanced learning experience than purely theoretical approaches provide
  • Enhanced online resources--including flashcards, videos, self -assessments, and web links--provide students with the optimal path for learning and studying concepts

New to this Edition:

  • Expanded coverage of social media throughout, including a new Chapter 2 devoted to the topic
  • New tips and strategies for career success in Chapters 10 (Communicating for Career Success) and 11 (Leadership and Teamwork), and in "@Work" features throughout
  • New "On Your Feet" prompts that incorporate public-speaking activities and integrate with GoReact, an interactive platform for video assignments
  • Updated discussions of communication and culture throughout, including in new "Understanding Diversity" sidebars
  • New and updated "Understanding Your Communication" self-quizzes that invite students to evaluate and improve their communication skills
  • New "Ethical Challenge" sidebars that explore the nuances of communication ethics
  • Updated "Understanding Communication Technology" features that highlight the increasingly important role of online communication

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