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Thinking Through Communication by Sarah Trenholm
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Praised for its "teachability," Thinking Through Communication provides an excellent, balanced introduction to basic theories and principles of communication, making sense of a complex field through a variety of approaches. In an organized and coherent manner, Thinking Through Communication covers a full range of topics--from the history of communication study to the methods used by current communication scholars to understand human interaction. The book explores face-to-face communication in a variety of traditional contexts: interpersonal, group, organizational, public, intercultural, computer-mediated communication and the mass media Written in a clear, lively style, Trenholm's overall approach--including her use of examples and interesting illustrations--helps develop a better understanding of communication as a field of study and an appreciation for ways in which communication impacts our daily lives.

Table of Contents

I. INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION 1. The Communication Tradition A Brief History of Communication Study Communication Today: Contemporary Departments of Rhetoric and Communication Theory 2. Definitions, Models, and Perspectives Defining Communication How Models Help Us Understand Communication It All Depends on Your Point of View: Four Perspectives What to Look for When You Look at Communication II. LISTENING AND LANGUAGE 3. Decoding Messages: Listening and Perception What Is Listening? The Listening Process Designing Messages That Are Easy to Listen to 4. Encoding Messages: Spoken Language What is Language The Subsystems of Language Pragmatic Styles and Structures Language and Social Identity Language Choices and Pragmatic Effects 5. Encoding Messages: Nonverbal Communication What Is Nonverbal Communication? The Nonverbal Codes Increasing Nonverbal Skills III. COMMUNICATION CONTEXTS 6. Interpersonal Communication What Is Interpersonal Communication? Managing Interpersonal Communication Relational Development: Stages in Intimate Dyads Increasing Relational Skills Understanding Mediated Relationships Becoming a More Responsible Communicator 7. Group Communication What Is a Group? Managing Group Communication Group Development: Phases in Problem-Solving Groups Strengthening Group Discussion Skills Communicating in Virtual Groups Becoming a More Responsible Communicator 8. Organizational Communication What is an Organization? Managing Organizational Communication Increasing Organizational Skills Using Organizational Technology Becoming a More Responsible Communicator 9. Public Communication What Is Public Communication? Why is Public Communication Important? Evaluating Public Communication Strengthening Critical Reception Skills Becoming a More Responsible Communicator 10. Preparing and Presenting Public Speeches What is a Public Speech? Planning the Public Speech Managing Delivery Increasing Public Speaking Skills Becoming a More Responsible Communicator 11. Communication and the Mass Media The Traditional Mass Media New Media: Going Global and Mobile Convergence: the Intersection of New Media and Old Becoming a More Responsible Communicator 12. Intercultural Communication What Is Culture? Barriers to Intercultural Communication Adapting to New Cultures Becoming a More Open Communicator 13. Methods of Discovery How Is Communication Research Done? Five Popular Research Methods Learning More about Communication
Release date Australia
January 4th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
United States ed of 6th revised ed
black & white illustrations, colour tables, figures
Allyn & Bacon
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