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Overview

Now in its ninth edition, this classic book retains the features that have made it the best-selling introductory human communication text in the field: an engaging and reader-friendly style; an inviting visual design that includes high-interest marginalia on virtually every page; up-to-date information on technology, gender, and cultural diversity; and everyday applications based on solid research and theory. Maintaining the quality of presentation and student-focused pedagogy that have characterized previous editions, Understanding Human Communication, Ninth Edition, incorporates updated examples and coverage of current communication theory. It continues to equip students with effective communication skills that will make a difference in their everyday lives.

New to the Ninth Edition:

• New material on mediated communication, personal listening styles, deceptive communication, and informative speaking

• A revised section on the Cumulative Effects Theory and more applications of communication in the workplace, within the family, and at school

• Updated research and examples on negative/positive language and gender influences on communication

• Improved design and pedagogy: case studies at the opening of each part, highlights at the beginning of each chapter, and completely annotated full speech outlines with accompanying sample speeches

• Additional teaching and learning resources: Student Success Manual, Student Resources Disc, expanded Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, Instructor's Disc, and an extensive web site

Includes bibliographies and index.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Understanding Human Communication provides students with the material they need to know to become competent communicators in the 21st century."--Patricia Carr Connell, Gadsden State Community College, Alabama

"I have used this book for several semesters with great success. Students like it, I like it, and it provides the most basic communication concepts without oversimplifying or trivializing the material."--B. Hannah Rockwell, Loyola University Chicago

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Revised and updated edition (4th ed., 1991) of an introductory textbook that both explains the phenomenon of human communication and helps students improve their own communication behavior. A new 30-page appendix, Understanding Mass Communication, addresses the importance of mass media, milestones in mass communication history, social effects of media, and ethical and legal issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195336122
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 748,555
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald B. Adler is Professor of Communication at Santa Barbara City College. He is coauthor of Interplay: The Process of Interpersonal Communication, Tenth Edition (OUP, 2006), Looking Out, Looking In (2006), and Communicating at Work: Principles and Practices for Business and the Professions (2006).

George Rodman is Professor of Mass Communication at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, where he founded the television writing program. He is author of Mass Media in a Changing World, Second Edition (2007), and Making Sense of Media (2001).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Elements of communication
Ch. 1 Human communication : what and why 2
Ch. 2 Perception, the self, and communication 32
Ch. 3 Language 74
Ch. 4 Listening 114
Ch. 5 Nonverbal communication 152
Pt. 2 Interpersonal communication
Ch. 6 Understanding interpersonal relationships 186
Ch. 7 Improving interpersonal relationships 226
Pt. 3 Communication in groups
Ch. 8 The nature of groups 260
Ch. 9 Solving problems in groups 288
Pt. 4 Public communication
Ch. 10 Choosing and developing a topic 326
Ch. 11 Organization and support 352
Ch. 12 Presenting your message 386
Ch. 13 Informative speaking 404
Ch. 14 Persuasive speaking 426
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

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    This edition should have been better than the 9th edition, but it isn't. First, it doesn't have the Cd that has a lot of supporting activities. Then, the icons next to the topics, which give reference to the exercises at the end of the chapter or Cd.'s activities, are not printed either.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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