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Exploring Human Communication

Sue DeWine, Melissa K. Gibson, and Matthew J. Smith

Publication Date - November 1999

ISBN: 9780195329834

350 pages
Paperback
7 x 10 inches

Retail Price to Students: $129.99

Includes unique coverage of important topics not usually found in basic texts: mass communication, legal communication, mediated communication and technology, and using communication principles on the job.

Description

DeWine, Gibson, and Smith's new hybrid "essentials" introductory text, Exploring Human Communication includes unique coverage of important topics not usually found in basic texts: mass communication, legal communication, mediated communication and technology, and using communication principles on the job.

The text's compelling, applications-oriented approach helps students internalize concepts by applying them to real-world situations and contexts both inside and outside the classroom. Featured are numerous activities, illustrations, and student-centered stories.

Rather than prescribing particular courses of action, the authors offer a broad range of options to choose from in order for students to be successful.

Exploring Human Communication covers all of the fundamental concepts necessary for understanding the complexity of human communication and improving communication effectiveness: verbal and nonverbal communication, active listening, development of interpersonal relationships, intercultural communication, small group communication, organizational communication, and two chapters on public speaking.

Stand-out benefits to instructors and students include:

* Integration of the themes of communication across cultures and ethical dilemmas in communication throughout every chapter. "Spotlight on Diversity," "Spotlight on Ethics," and "Mission Possible" boxes encourage students to think critically about the concepts introduced in each chapter.
* A common thread throughout the text is the debunking of myths about communication, which helps dispel mistaken notions.
* Original illustrations, created specially for this text, are used to enhance major themes.

Table of Contents

    Part One: Fundamentals of Human Communication
    1. Introducing the Importance of Communication
    2. Communicating Verbally
    3. Communicating Nonverbally
    4. Listening for Improved Communication
    Part Two: Contexts of Human Communication
    5. Perceiving Ourselves and Others
    6. Building, Maintaining, and Ending Interpersonal Relationships
    7. Living and Working in Small Groups
    8. Interacting in Organizations
    9. Interpreting Messages in Mass Communication
    10. Connecting Across Cultures
    Part Three: Applications of Human Communication
    11. Resolving Conflict Through Communication
    12. Applying Communication Research to Presentations and Reports
    13. Preparing for Public Presentations
    14. Presenting Informative and Persuasive Messages
    15. Adapting Messages to New Technologies
    16. Understanding Legal Communication
    17. Using Communication Principles on the Job

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