Thinking Through Communication : An Introduction to the Study of Human Communication

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/9/2007
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Praised for its "teachability,"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. In an organized and coherent manner,Thinking Through Communicationcovers a full range of topics-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. This edition also offers new insights public speaking and listening. 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

Each chapter concludes with Summary
Introduction To Communication
The Communication Tradition
In the Time of Aristotle: A Brief History of Communication Study
Communication Today: Contemporary Departments of Rhetoric and Communication Theory
Definitions, Models, and Perspectives
Defining Communication
How Models Help Us Understand Communication
It All Depends on Your Point of View: Three Perspectives
What to Look for When You Look at Communication
Listening And Language
Decoding Messages: Perception, Information Processing, and Listening
What Is Perception?
Information Processing: Communicating for Clarity
Listening: How Receivers Can Improve Decoding
Encoding Messages: Spoken Language
What Is Language?
The Subsystems of Language
Pragmatic Styles and Structures
Language and Social Identity
Language Choices and Pragmatic Effects
Encoding Messages: Nonverbal Communication
What Is Nonverbal Communication?
The Nonverbal Codes
Increasing Nonverbal Skills
Communication Contexts
Interpersonal Communication
What Is Interpersonal Communication?
Managing Interpersonal Communication
Relational Development: Stages in Intimate Dyads
Increasing Relational Skills
Becoming a More Responsible Communicator
Group Communication
What Is a Group?
Managing Group Communication
Group Development: Phases in Problem-Solving Groups
Strengthening Group Discussion Skills
Becoming a More Responsible Communicator
Organizational Communication
What is an Organization?
Managing Organizational Communication
Developing Organizational Culture
Increasing Organizational Skills
Becoming a More Responsible Communicator
Public Communication
What Is Public Communication?
Audience Adaptation and Source Credibility
Constructing Valid Arguments
Preparing and Presenting the Public Speech
Increasing Public Speaking Skills
Communication and the Mass Media
What Is Mass Communication?
How Audiences and Media Messages Interact
Media Formats and Logics
Computer Mediated Communication Becoming a More Responsible Communicator
Intercultural Communication
What Is Culture?
Barriers to Intercultural Communication
Adapting to New Cultures
Becoming a More Open Communicator
Appendix: Methods of Discovery
How Is Communication Research Done?
Five Popular Research Methods
Learning More about Communication
Author Index
Subject Index
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