Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies

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Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13:

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

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Reviewed by Samuel Cook IV, Adjunct Lecturer, UNC Greensboro , on 12/6/2016.

As compared to similar texts in the traditional textbook market, this book provides just as much comprehension for an introductory communication … read more



Reviewed by Amandajean Nolte, Instructor, University of Northern Iowa, on 2/9/2017.

This is a comprehensive text that rivals textbooks in the traditional market. It contains the concepts often covered in a hybird/intro communication … read more



Reviewed by Tamara Watkins, Adjunct Instructor, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, on 2/9/2017.

The textbook provides a good overview of communication as a discipline. Notably, this text has two chapters that discuss media--"Media, Technology, … read more



Reviewed by Kyle Tusing, Associate Professor, University of Arizona, on 2/9/2017.

This text covers the expected topics for an introductory hybrid (communication and public speaking) text, and in the order that those topics are … read more



Reviewed by Denise Tallakson, Instructor, University of Northern Iowa, on 2/16/2017.

Comprehensive Individualized Curriculum and Instructional Design: Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Developmental Disabilities/Autism … read more



Reviewed by Galyn Carlile, Currently Adjunct Professor, Dean Emeritus, Former Chief Academic Officer, Rogue Community College, Grants Pass OR 97527, on 4/12/2017.

I currently teach both SP100 Basic Communication and SP 218 Interpersonal Communication and I feel the material is comprehensive enough that with … read more



Reviewed by Shelby Bell, Faculty, North Hennepin Community College, on 4/12/2017.

This text is designed for an introduction to communication course, but I am reviewing it as a possible text for an introduction to Interpersonal … read more



Reviewed by Mackenzie Krzmarzick, Communication Instructor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, on 4/12/2017.

Overall, the comprehensiveness of this text is one of the main characteristics that attracted me to it. When teaching the communication studies basic … read more



Reviewed by Scott Dunn, Associate Professor, Radford University, on 4/12/2017.

This textbook covers virtually all of the main topics I would expect to see in an introductory communication textbook. The only exception I noted is … read more


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Communication Studies
1.1 Communication: History and Forms
1.2 The Communication Process
1.3 Communication Principles
1.4 Communication Competence
Chapter 2: Communication and Perception
2.1 Perception Process
2.2 Perceiving Others
2.3 Perceiving and Presenting Self
2.4 Improving Perception
Chapter 3: Verbal Communication
3.1 Language and Meaning
3.2 Functions of Language
3.3 Using Words Well
3.4 Language, Society, and Culture
Chapter 4: Nonverbal Communication
4.1 Principles and Functions of Nonverbal Communication
4.2 Types of Nonverbal Communication
4.3 Nonverbal Communication Competence
4.4 Nonverbal Communication in Context
Chapter 5: Listening
5.1 Understanding How and Why We Listen
5.2 Barriers to Effective Listening
5.3 Improving Listening Competence
5.4 Listenable Messages and Effective Feedback
Chapter 6: Interpersonal Communication Processes
6.1 Principles of Interpersonal Communication
6.2 Conflict and Interpersonal Communication
6.3 Emotions and Interpersonal Communication
6.4 Self-Disclosure and Interpersonal Communication
Chapter 7: Communication in Relationships
7.1 Foundations of Relationships
7.2 Communication and Friends
7.3 Communication and Families
7.4 Romantic Relationships
7.5 Relationships at Work
7.6 The Dark Side of Relationships
Chapter 8: Culture and Communication
8.1 Foundations of Culture and Identity
8.2 Exploring Specific Cultural Identities
8.3 Intercultural Communication
8.4 Intercultural Communication Competence
Chapter 9: Preparing a Speech
9.1 Selecting and Narrowing a Topic
9.2 Researching and Supporting Your Speech
9.3 Organizing
9.4 Outlining
Chapter 10: Delivering a Speech
10.1 Managing Public Speaking Anxiety
10.2 Delivery Methods and Practice Sessions
10.3 Vocal Delivery
10.4 Physical Delivery
Chapter 11: Informative and Persuasive Speaking
11.1 Informative Speeches
11.2 Persuasive Speaking
11.3 Persuasive Reasoning and Fallacies
11.4 Persuasive Strategies
Chapter 12: Public Speaking in Various Contexts
12.1 Speaking in Personal and Civic Contexts
12.2 Speaking in Academic Settings
12.3 Speaking in Business Settings
12.4 Speaking via Electronic Media
Chapter 13: Small Group Communication
13.1 Understanding Small Groups
13.2 Small Group Development
13.3 Small Group Dynamics
Chapter 14: Leadership, Roles, and Problem Solving in Groups
14.1 Leadership and Small Group Communication
14.2 Group Member Roles
14.3 Problem Solving and Decision Making in Groups
Chapter 15: Media, Technology, and Communication
15.1 Technological Advances: From the Printing Press to the iPhone
15.2 Functions and Theories of Mass Communication
15.3 Mass Communication and Ethics
Chapter 16: New Media and Communication
16.1 New Media Technologies
16.2 New Media and Society
16.3 New Media, the Self, and Relationships

About the Book

Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies overviews the time-tested conceptual foundations of the field, while incorporating the latest research and cutting-edge applications of these basics. Each chapter will include timely, concrete, and real-life examples of communication concepts in action.

A key feature of this book is the integration of content regarding diversity and organizational communication in each chapter through examples and/or discrete sub-sections. Discussions of diversity are not relegated to feature boxes. Also integrated into the content are examples that are inclusive in terms of race, gender, sexuality, ability, age, marital status, religion, and other diverse identity characteristics.

About the Contributors


Unnamed Author is an academic, an educator, a consultant, and an engaged citizen and community member. As an academic, his research has been published in scholarly journals and books, and he regularly presents at local, regional, and national conferences. As an educator, he has won teaching awards as a graduate teaching assistant and as a tenure-track faculty member, and his philosophy of education is guided by the notion that the classroom is an entree to critical thinking, which prepares students to be engaged citizens who work for the public good. As a consultant, he has worked with non-profit organizations and social service providers on various topics related to diversity and communication, and is available to consult with organizations and businesses. Since much of his research is related to social justice and community building, Rich believes that being active in his communities is an important part of modeling the behaviors about which he writes and teaches.

Unnamed Author is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, where he also serves as Basic Course Director, supervising the instruction of dozens of sections of Introduction to Speech Communication each semester. As Basic Course Director, Unnamed Author also has the privilege of supervising several graduate teaching assistants, mentoring them as they learn how to teach the introductory communication course. Unnamed Author recently won an Achievement and Contribution Award from Eastern Illinois University to honor outstanding achievements and contributions in the areas of teaching, research, and service. He was awarded in the "balanced" category, which considers teaching, research, and service as a whole.

Unnamed Author has a Ph.D. in Human Communication Studies with a concentration in Culture and Communication from the University of Denver; and an M.A. in Speech Communication, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. In his spare time, Unnamed Author enjoys playing with his dogs, refinishing furniture, and being an active member of the community theatre scene in East Central Illinois.