The Handbook of Communication Skills / Edition 3

The Handbook of Communication Skills / Edition 3

by Owen Hargie
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The Handbook of Communication Skills / Edition 3

The Handbook of Communication Skills is recognised as one of the core texts in the field of communication. This thoroughly revised and updated third edition arrives at a time of considerable growing interest in this area, with recent research showing the importance of communication skills for success in many walks of life. The book's core principle, that interpersonal communication can be conceptualized as a form of skilled activity, is examined in detail and a comprehensive transactional model of skilled communication is presented, which takes into account current conceptual and research perspectives.

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of research, theory and practice in the key skill areas of communication, such as non-verbal communication, persuasion, leadership, assertiveness, self-disclosure, listening and negotiation. Each chapter is written by a recognised authority in that particular specialism, among them world leaders in their particular fields. In the ten years since the last edition, a large volume of research has been published and the text has been comprehensively updated by reviewing this wealth of data. In addition a new chapter on persuasion has been added - one of the areas of most rapid growth in social psychology and communication.

The Handbook of Communication Skills represents the most significant single contribution to the literature in this domain. It will be of continued interest to researchers and students in psychology and communication, as well as in a variety of other contexts, from vocational courses in health, business and education, to many others such as nursing and social work whose day-to-day work is dependent on effective interpersonal skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415359115
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Edition description: REV
Pages: 600
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Owen Hargie is Emeritus Professor of Communication at Ulster University. He is Associate Fellow, and honorary life member, of the British Psychological Society, and an elected member of the prestigious Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. He was conferred with the award of a Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship by Ulster University in recognition of his prolific research contributions over four decades.

Table of Contents

Editorial Introduction

Part 1 Communication skill in theory and practice

1. Skill in Theory: Communication as Skilled Performance

Owen Hargie

2. Skill in Practice: An Operational Model of Communicative Performance

Owen Hargie

Part II Core communication skills

3. Nonverbal Behaviour as Communication: Approaches, Issues, and Research

Randall A. Gordon and Daniel Druckman

4. Questioning

Karyn Stapleton

5. Reinforcement

Len Cairns

6. On Explaining

George Brown and Sarah Edmunds

7. Self-Disclosure: Strategic Revelation of Information in Personal and Professional Relationships

Charles H. Tardy and Joy Smithson

8. Listening

Graham D. Bodie

9. Humour and Laughter

May McCreaddie and Jon Harrison

10. Persuasion

Daniel J. O’Keefe

Part III Applying skills in specific contexts

11. Asserting and Confronting

Richard F. Rakos

12. Interacting in Task Groups

Arjaan Wit

13. Negotiating

Colleen E. Mills

14. Mentoring and Coaching

Bob Garvey

15. Relational Communication

Steve Duck and Pam L. Secklin

Part IV Applying skills in specialised interviewing contexts

16. The Employment Interview

Rob Millar and Anne Tracey

17. The Cognitive Interview

Amina Memon and Julie Gawrylowicz

18. The Developmental Counselling and Therapy Interview

Sandra A. Rigazio-DiGilio and Allen E. Ivey

19. Cognitive Behavioural Communication Skills

Frank Wills

20. The Appraisal Interview Reappraised

Dennis Tourish

Part V The training context

21. Training in Communication Skills: Research, Theory and Practice 

Owen Hargie

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