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Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies

(25 reviews)

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 9781946135070

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

Language: English

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Reviewed by Carolyn Weber, Communication Faculty, Minnesota State on 3/18/19

This text provides what it claims - an "an introduction" to range of communication concepts and focuses on skills, predominantly in the area of public speaking. I chose to use segments of this text for an online interpersonal communication course... read more


Reviewed by Skye Chernichky-Karcher, Assistant Professor, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on 3/14/19

The range of topics for this book is comparable to other leading textbooks of this area from popular publishers. This would be perfect for a course that seeks to cover communication studies with a public speaking component, but lacks topics that... read more


Reviewed by Berkey Timothy, Instructor, Taylor University on 3/4/19

I appreciate the inclusion of materials chosen for this text. read more


Reviewed by Leigh Kelley, Instructor, Radford University on 2/19/19

I use this textbook in an Introduction to Communication course that covers both Communication and Mass Communication. It does a good job providing an overview of such topics such as history, process, perception, listening, verbal, nonverbal, group... read more


Reviewed by Merissa Bunton (Brown), Lecturer of Speech and English, Leeward Community College on 2/14/19

I plan to begin using this book for my Human Communication course. All of the topics I address are adequately covered in this text. When I began my initial review of the book, I loved the online glossary with the easy to navigate "dropdown" menu... read more


Reviewed by Valerie Young, Associate Professor, Communication, Hanover College on 1/25/19

Each chapter supports both the "typical" topics in similar breadth and depth as the traditional hybrid Intro to Communication text and I was pleasantly surprised to see the integration of topics within and between chapters. For example, rarely to... read more


Reviewed by Christy Takamure, Associate Professor of Speech, CC, Leeward Community College on 1/18/19

This text clearly covers all subject areas and concepts that may be found in most communication textbooks. It is very comprehensive and does not leave out any key terms pertinent in a speech communication course yet, it does not provide too much... read more


Reviewed by Jonathan Anderegg, Assistant Professor, George Fox University on 1/16/19

This textbook offers a broad look at communication theory, particularly through a rhetorical lens. While the social scientific theoretical side may be a bit lacking, the book makes up for this in the breadth of topics it covers. I appreciated... read more


Reviewed by Kelly Young, Associate Professor, Wayne State University on 11/30/18

The text does a nice job of discussing most of the common communication areas covered in other similar textbooks. I wish the text would include discussion of health communication and public and personal persuasion or influence, as I feel that the... read more


Reviewed by Yuxiang Du, Assistant Professor, Fort Hays State University on 11/29/18

This textbook is more comprehensive than the ones I have used in my basic course classes. It is an ideal textbook for these hybrid courses (interpersonal and public speaking). I am very impressed with its scope and comprehensiveness. Within each... read more


Reviewed by Stacie Mariette, Mass Communication instructor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College on 6/20/18

This textbook is very comprehensive. I have used it in my Intro to Communication Studies (both seated and online sections) for two semesters. I always omit a few chapters because it is so comprehensive and is too detailed for this particular... read more


Reviewed by Heidi Croatt, Professor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College on 5/22/18

I appreciate the comprehensiveness of this text. In addition to including all of the typical topics taught in an introductory hybrid course, the text includes chapters on mass media and technology, as well as how new media impacts our self and our... read more


Reviewed by Courtney Anderegg, Assistant Professor, George Fox University on 3/28/18

This text appears to cover all general areas and ideas within the communication field appropriate for an introductory level course. Although the goal of an introductory text is to provide just that -- an introduction -- I felt as though some... read more


Reviewed by Jade Olson, Lecturer, University of Maryland on 2/2/18

This book offers a comprehensive treatment of key areas of communication studies. It is an appropriate introduction to the discipline, and would be suitable for an introduction to communication theory course, a public speaking course, or a hybrid... read more


Reviewed by Candice Thomas-Maddox, Professor, Ohio University Lancaster on 2/2/18

The text contains 16 chapters that cover all of the basic content typically included in most of the well-known hybrid introductory communication textbooks currently on the market. Each section/topic area within each of the chapters begin with its... read more


Reviewed by Jessica Martin, Professor, Portland Community College on 8/16/17

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 very beginning of the online textbook. What is especially nice is that you can easily click over... read more


Reviewed by Galyn Carlile, Currently Adjunct Professor, Dean Emeritus, Former Chief Academic Officer, Rogue Community College, Grants Pass OR 97527 on 4/12/17

I currently teach both SP100 Basic Communication and SP 218 Interpersonal Communication and I feel the material is comprehensive enough that with modification and shuffling of chapter modules I could manage to use it for both courses. read more


Reviewed by Shelby Bell, Faculty, North Hennepin Community College on 4/12/17

This text is designed for an introduction to communication course, but I am reviewing it as a possible text for an introduction to Interpersonal Communication course. For this purpose the text provides a useful foundation in communication theory... read more


Reviewed by Mackenzie Krzmarzick, Communication Instructor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College on 4/12/17

Overall, the comprehensiveness of this text is one of the main characteristics that attracted me to it. When teaching the communication studies basic course (interpersonal + public speaking + small group), textbooks often fall short in one or more... read more


Reviewed by Scott Dunn, Associate Professor, Radford University on 4/12/17

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 that there is no chapter on organizational communication, although they do discuss communication... read more


Reviewed by Denise Tallakson, Instructor, University of Northern Iowa on 2/16/17

Comprehensive Individualized Curriculum and Instructional Design: Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorders covers a wide range of topics related to working with students with developmental... read more


Reviewed by Amandajean Nolte, Instructor, University of Northern Iowa on 2/9/17

This is a comprehensive text that rivals textbooks in the traditional market. It contains the concepts often covered in a hybird/intro communication course. Having taught this course for ten years and reviewed dozens of textbooks, I would have... read more


Reviewed by Tamara Watkins, Adjunct Instructor, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College on 2/9/17

The textbook provides a good overview of communication as a discipline. Notably, this text has two chapters that discuss media--"Media, Technology, and Communication" and "New Media and Communication." This in particular is an asset because it... read more


Reviewed by Kyle Tusing, Associate Professor, University of Arizona on 2/9/17

This text covers the expected topics for an introductory hybrid (communication and public speaking) text, and in the order that those topics are customarily covered (1. introduction, 2. perception, 3. language, 4. nonverbal, etc.). The history of... read more


Reviewed by Samuel Cook IV, Adjunct Lecturer, UNC Greensboro on 12/6/16

As compared to similar texts in the traditional textbook market, this book provides just as much comprehension for an introductory communication course/curriculum. All of the general concept areas taught in an introductory hybrid 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.