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Overview

This text provides your students with a powerful combination of exceptional skills development backed by unique attention to the research and theory of today's most prominent communication scholars. Your students will find everything they need to strengthen their public speaking, group, media literacy and interpersonal skills—and enrich their appreciation of communication's constant value to their lives. With Communication in Our Lives' wonderfully integrated attention to diversity, conversational narrative style, and the most integrated and current technology package available, your students are sure to understand human communication and become effective communicators in today's mediated world.

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"The CD-ROM and accompanying resources are outstanding...What makes this book different from others is that it covers the fundamentals of so many areas of communication very well, neither overwhelming nor insulting the intelligence of the average student."

"An excellent text for the hybrid communication course. Wood's personalized writing style and attempt to connect with the reader is unique in a college textbook."

"Wood's Communication in Our Lives is wonderful.... The language is conscious of and sensitive to social communities ....the photos reflect multiculturalism.... its examples/excerpts reflect students' experiences and views."

"Julia Wood provides a conversation approach to communication. She discusses the principles and concerns we face and provides excellent skills and experiences for us to follow. Whether we are meeting someone for the first time, engaged in group situations or conducting a presentation for our colleagues, this book gives you insight and the confidence to handle any communication situation."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534646769
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/4/2005
  • Series: Wadsworth Series in Speech Communication
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia T. Wood is the Lineberger Professor of Humanities, the Caroline H. and Thomas Royster Distinguished Professor of Graduate Education, and a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches courses and conducts research on gender, communication, culture, and communication in personal relationships. Dr. Wood has authored 17 books and edited 9 others. In addition, she has published more than 80 articles and book chapters, and she has won 12 awards for undergraduate teaching and 13 awards for her scholarship. She received her BA from North Carolina State University, her MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her PhD from Pennsylvania State University.

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Table of Contents

Part One: FOUNDATIONS OF COMMUNICATION. Introduction. 1. The World of Communication. 2. Perception and Communication. 3. Communication and Personal Identity. 4. Communication and Cultures. 5. The Verbal Dimensions of Communication. 6. The Nonverbal Dimensions of Communication. 7. Listening. Part Two: INTERPERSONAL, GROUP, AND MASS COMMUNICATION. 8. Foundations of Interpersonal Communication. 9. Communication in Personal Relationships. 10. Foundations of Group and Team Communication. 11. Effective Communication in Task Groups and Teams. 12. Mass Communication and Media Literacy. Part Three: PUBLIC COMMUNICATION. 13. Planning Public Speaking. 14. Researching and Developing Support for Public Speeches. 15. Organizing and Presenting Public Speeches. 16. Informative Speaking. 17. Persuasive Speaking. Closing: Pulling Ideas Together. Appendix A: Annotated Sample Speeches. Appendix B: Interviewing. Glossary. References. Index.

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