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ICOMM: Interpersonal Concepts and Competencies, provides an integrated approach to the study of interpersonal communication. This accessibly written but authoritative text emphasizes the development of communication competencies, including skills, understanding of the theory and research that contextualizes the skills to make them relevant to learning, and the motivation to put the skills into practice. While incorporating many traditional intrapersonal and interpersonal topics found in current texts, the book is distinctive in that it offers a skills-based approach that is grounded in solid theory and research. Students will find that the text is written in a personal and friendly manner, stressing concepts, skills, and applications that should be an important part of their daily lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Communication Research Trends
This substantial interpersonal communication text book aims for accessibility for students. The authors begin with an address to the students: ‘This text is written in a personal and friendly manner, stressing concepts that should be important in your daily life…. you will find that interpersonal communication is very important to you.’ In keeping with this approach, each chapter includes from four to 10 activities that both demonstrate the importance of interpersonal communication and give the students practice in one or another aspect of it…. This book is well documented, with extensive endnotes, so that students can follow up with the relevant literature.
Tony Zupancic
Berko, Aitken, and Wolvin have it all for my next interpersonal communication course. Their new text weaves application and practice with theory. The book teaches concrete skills while introducing larger principles and important vocabulary. All the while, this work balances vivid examples and stories with extensive, current research in the field. In sum, "IComm" is a mindful eyeful of interpersonal communication. It my course's textbook from now on.
Leonard Shedletsky
This book is itself a model of the lessons it teaches. It will make for more effective communication with your students. It makes learning enjoyable because it feeds the desire to know. ICOMM: Interpersonal Concepts and
Competencies will be loved by students and teachers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742599628
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 470
  • Sales rank: 1,202,000
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy Berko is the former associate director of the National Communication Association. He has authored or co-authored over 25 communication textbooks and numerous professional articles and studies. His academic work in both the fields of communication and counseling offer a unique perspective on interpersonal communication. Berko has been a professor (Lorain County Community College, Towson University, George Washington University, University of Maryland and Notre Dame College of Ohio), a mental health counselor in private practice, a crisis counselor and a communication trainer. Joan Aitken is professor of communication, at Park University. Previously, she taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. A former editor of the National Communication Association's Communication Teacher, Aitken has published several books and more than 50 articles and book chapters. Andrew Wolvin, professor of communication at the University of Maryland, is an internationally-recognized expert in listening behavior. Identified as one of the top-ranked active researchers in communication, Wolvin has published widely in the field. Director of the basic communication course at Maryland, Wolvin also has extensive experience as a listening and communication consultant in federal agencies and private corporations.

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Table of Contents

1 Foundations of Interpersonal Communication 2 The Self and Communication 3 Listening and Interpersonal Skills 4 Verbal Language 5 Nonverbal Communication 6 The Principles of Relational Communication 7 Beginning, Maintaining and Ending Relationships 8 Conflict Resolution 9 Interpersonal Relationships in the Family 10 Electronically Mediated Interpersonal Communication 11 The Self and Others 12 Adapting to Communication Patterns in the Workplace

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