Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies

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Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 978-1-9461350-7-0

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

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Reviewed by Stacie Mariette, Mass Communication instructor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, on 6/20/2018.

This textbook is very comprehensive. I have used it in my Intro to Communication Studies (both seated and online sections) for two semesters. I … read more



Reviewed by Heidi Croatt, Professor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, on 5/22/2018.

I appreciate the comprehensiveness of this text. In addition to including all of the typical topics taught in an introductory hybrid course, the text … read more



Reviewed by Courtney Anderegg, Assistant Professor, George Fox University, on 3/28/2018.

This text appears to cover all general areas and ideas within the communication field appropriate for an introductory level course. Although the goal … read more



Reviewed by Candice Thomas-Maddox, Professor, Ohio University Lancaster, on 2/2/2018.

The text contains 16 chapters that cover all of the basic content typically included in most of the well-known hybrid introductory communication … read more



Reviewed by Jade Olson, Lecturer, University of Maryland, on 2/2/2018.

This book offers a comprehensive treatment of key areas of communication studies. It is an appropriate introduction to the discipline, and would be … read more



Reviewed by Jessica Martin, Professor, Portland Community College, on 8/16/2017.

After reviewing this text, I believe that it does provide an effective index and glossary. The table of contents are easily able to be found at the … 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



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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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


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


Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies is adapted from a work produced and distributed under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA) in 2013 by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receive attribution. This adapted edition is produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing through the eLearning Support Initiative.