Thinking Through Communication

Paperback | January 6, 2014

bySarah Trenholm

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Praised for its teachability, Thinking Through Communication provides 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 Communication covers a full range of topics- from the history of communication study to the methods used by current communication scholars to understand human interaction. The text explores 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 into public speaking and listening. This text can be used successfully in both theory- and skills-based courses. Written in a clear, lively style, Trenholm's overall approach-including her use of examples and interesting illustrations-helps both majors and non-majors alike develop a better understanding of communication as a field of study and an appreciation for ways in which communication impacts their daily lives.

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Praised for its teachability, Thinking Through Communication provides 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 Communication covers a full range of topics- from the history...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:430 pages, 10.7 × 8.4 × 0.8 inPublished:January 6, 2014Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0205902359

ISBN - 13:9780205902354

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Communication

Chapter 1: The Communication TraditionA Brief History of Communication Study

Communication Today: Contemporary Departments of Rhetoric and Communication

Theory

Chapter 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 CommunicationPart II: Listening and Language

Chapter 3: Decoding Messages: Listening and PerceptionWhat Is Listening?

The Listening Process

Designing Messages That Are Easy to Listen To

Chapter 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

Chapter 5: Encoding Messages: Nonverbal Communication

What Is Nonverbal Communication?

The Nonverbal Codes

Increasing Nonverbal Skills

Part III: Communication Contexts

Chapter 6: Interpersonal Communication

What Is Interpersonal Communication?

Managing Interpersonal Communication

Relational Development: Stages in Intimate Dyads

Increasing Relational Skills

New Media, New Relationships

Becoming a More Responsible Communicator

Chapter 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

Chapter 8: Organizational Communication

What Is an Organization?

Managing Organizational Communication

Increasing Organizational Skills

Using Organizational Technology

Becoming a More Responsible Communicator

Chapter 9: Public Communication

What Is Public Communication?

Why Is Public Communication Important?

Evaluating Public Communication

Strengthening Critical Reception Skills

Becoming a More Responsible Communicator

Chapter 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

Chapter 11: Communication and the Media

The Traditional Mass Media

New Media: Going Global and Mobile

Convergence: The Intersection of New Media and Old

Becoming a More Responsible Communicator

Chapter 12: Intercultural Communication

What Is Culture?

Barriers to Intercultural Communication

Adapting to New Cultures

Becoming a More Open Communicator

Chapter 13: Methods of Discovery

How Is Communication Research Done?

Five Contemporary Research Methods 

Learning More about Communication