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Communication Mosaics: An Introduction to the Field of Communication (with CD-ROM and Speech Builder Express/Infotrac)by Julia T Wood
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Julia Wood, a leading scholar in the field of communication, brings us a new edition of the extremely popular COMMUNICATION MOSAICS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE FIELD OF COMMUNICATION. The new edition continues with the holistic approach to the field of communication by first explaining the basic processes central to all communication contexts (e.g. listening, perceiving, using verbal and nonverbal communication, establishing climate), and then applying these processes to various contexts (interpersonal, small group, public, organizational, intercultural, and mass communication). Through reviewer and student-praised "Student Voices" features, seamless and thoughtful integration of diversity, skill-building pedagogy and real-life examples, students are exposed to the vast world of communication and the tools needed to become effective communicators. This book will provide readers with a clear understanding of the fundamental skills and processes that are a part of the broad array of communication encounters in personal, professional and public life in the 21st century.
Book News Annotation:
Wood integrates material on the impact of communication technologies in this fourth edition of an accessible text designed to support a survey approach to a introductory course in communication. This edition also offers an increased emphasis on intercultural communication. The text introduces foundations for studying communication, focuses on basic processes and skills common to a range of communication situations, and examines communication in various contexts. The CD-ROM contains video cases performed by professional actors and an interview about ethics and communication.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
COMMUNICATION MOSAICS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE FIELD OF COMMUNICATION combines the author's signature first-person narrative style and popular student commentaries with thoroughly up-to-date research, theories, and technological information to provide both an overview of the field and a practical guide you can immediately use to improve your personal, professional, and public communication skills. By beginning with introductions to the basic processes and skills central to all communication contexts and then moving on to how we apply these aspects of communication in specific contexts such as interpersonal and public speaking, the text shows you the importance of developing your communication skills and gives you the hands-on tools you need to become a more effective communicator. Jump into the dynamic world of communication in the 21st century with COMMUNICATION MOSAICS!
About the Author
Julia T. Wood is the Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Humanities and a professor of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since completing her Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University) at age 24, she has conducted research and written extensively about communication in personal relationships and about gender, communication, and culture. In addition to publishing more than 90 articles and chapters, she has authored or co-authored 15 books and edited or co-edited nine others. The recipient of eleven awards for outstanding teaching and ten awards for distinguished scholarship, Professor Wood divides her professional energies between research, writing, and teaching.
Table of Contents
Part I: COMMUNICATION FOUNDATIONS AND CAREERS. Introduction to Communication Mosaics. 1. A First Look at Communication. 2. The Field of Communication in Historical and Contemporary Perspective. Part II: COMMUNICATION PROCESSES AND SKILLS. 3. Perceiving and Understanding. 4. Engaging in Verbal Communication. 5. Engaging in Nonverbal Communication. 6. Listening and Responding to Others. 7. Creating Communication Climates. 8. Adapting Communication to Cultures and Social Communities. Part III: CONTEXTS OF COMMUNICATION. 9. Communication and Self Concept. 10. Communication in Personal Relationships. 11. Communication in Groups and Teams. 12. Communication in Organizations. 13. Public Communication. 14. Mass Communication. 15. Communication Technologies. Closing. Appendix: Communication in Interviews. Glossary.
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