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Through the use of timely theories and research, Communication in Our Lives helps you strengthen your skills as a communicator in personal and public settings. Author Julia Wood demonstrates that communication is relevant to virtually every aspect of daily life and shows you the importance of increasing your effectiveness in interpersonal social and professional interactions. Communication in Our Lives is based on the premise that effective practice begins with understanding theory - the knowledge of how and why the communication process works and what is likely to result from different kinds of communication. Each chapter highlights the experiences of diverse people and discusses commonalities and differences among us.
Wood (communication studies, U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) provides a conversational approach to communication theory and practice. Special features are the incorporation of social diversity into all chapters rather than into "politically correct" sidebars and an emphasis on theory and research. Color photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Julia Wood joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she was 24. During her 37 years on the faculty, she taught classes and conducted research on personal relationships and on gender, communication, and culture. She was named the Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Humanities and the Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Professor of Graduate Education. She has published 25 books and 100 articles and book chapters. In addition, she has presented more than 100 papers at professional conferences and campuses around the United States. She has received 14 awards honoring her teaching and 16 awards recognizing her scholarship. She received her B.A. from North Carolina State University, her M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.