Thinking Through Communication

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-04
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Praised for its #x1C;teachability,#x1D; Thinking Through Communicationprovides an excellent, balanced introduction to basic theories and principles of communication, making sense of a complex field through a variety of approaches. #xA0; In an organized and coherent manner, Thinking Through Communicationcovers a full range of topics#x13;from the history of communication study to the methods used by current communication scholars to understand human interaction. The book explores face-to-face communication in a variety of traditional contexts: interpersonal, group, organizational, public, intercultural, computer-mediated communication and the mass media Written in a clear, lively style, Trenholm's overall approach-including her use of examples and interesting illustrations-helps develop a better understanding of communication as a field of study and an appreciation for ways in which communication impacts our daily lives.

Table of Contents



1. The Communication Tradition

A Brief History of Communication Study

Communication Today: Contemporary Departments of Rhetoric and Communication Theory


2. Definitions, Models, and Perspectives

Defining Communication

How Models Help Us Understand Communication

It All Depends on Your Point of View: Four Perspectives

What to Look for When You Look at Communication




3. Decoding Messages: Listening and Perception

What Is Listening?

The Listening Process

Designing Messages That Are Easy to Listen to


4. Encoding Messages: Spoken Language

What is Language

The Subsystems of Language

Pragmatic Styles and Structures

Language and Social Identity

Language Choices and Pragmatic Effects


5. Encoding Messages: Nonverbal Communication

What Is Nonverbal Communication?

The Nonverbal Codes

Increasing Nonverbal Skills




6. Interpersonal Communication

What Is Interpersonal Communication?

Managing Interpersonal Communication

Relational Development: Stages in Intimate Dyads

Increasing Relational Skills

Understanding Mediated Relationships

Becoming a More Responsible Communicator


7. Group Communication

What Is a Group?

Managing Group Communication

Group Development: Phases in Problem-Solving Groups

Strengthening Group Discussion Skills

Communicating in Virtual Groups

Becoming a More Responsible Communicator


8. Organizational Communication

What is an Organization?

Managing Organizational Communication

Increasing Organizational Skills

Using Organizational Technology

Becoming a More Responsible Communicator


9. Public Communication

What Is Public Communication?

Why is Public Communication Important?

Evaluating Public Communication

Strengthening Critical Reception Skills

Becoming a More Responsible Communicator


10. Preparing and Presenting Public Speeches

What is a Public Speech?

Planning the Public Speech

Managing Delivery

Increasing Public Speaking Skills

Becoming a More Responsible Communicator


11. Communication and the Mass Media

The Traditional Mass Media

New Media: Going Global and Mobile

Convergence: the Intersection of New Media and Old

Becoming a More Responsible Communicator


12. Intercultural Communication

What Is Culture?

Barriers to Intercultural Communication

Adapting to New Cultures

Becoming a More Open Communicator


13. Methods of Discovery

How Is Communication Research Done?

Five Popular Research Methods

Learning More about Communication


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