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Essentials of Human Communication (with Study Card)

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“Essentials of Human Communication is absolutely the right text for all basic Speech Communication courses.”

                                                                                                            — Dr. Nader H. Chaaban, Montgomery College (MD)

 

Essentials of Human Communication presents the fundamental skills of interpersonal, small group, and public communication, emphasizing the areas of human communication skills, cultural awareness, listening, critical thinking, ethics, power and empowerment, media literacy, and computer-mediated communication. This top-selling book fills the need for a brief, interesting, but serious book that places a strong focus on skill development. In-text features and the text itself highlight the application of human communication skills to the real world and to the workplace.

 

New to This Edition

•  MyCommunicationLab: Where effective communication begins!  An interactive and

   instructive online solution, MyCommunicationLab is designed to be used to supplement

   to a traditional lecture course, or completely administer an online course. Students

   benefit from interactive activities, research support, and a wealth of video clips that

   include small group scenarios, interpersonal interactions, plus student and professional

   speeches — some with annotations and critical questions — all geared to help students

   learn to communicate with confidence. URL: http://www.mycommunicationlab.com 

   (access code required). 

•  “Public Speaking Sample Assistant” boxes have been added to this edition, examining

   four sample annotated speeches and three outlines (preparation, template, and

   delivery) designed to illustrate the principles of public speaking and outlining

   (Chapters 10—13).

•  New “Media Literacy” boxes in each chapter emphasize the ways in which media

   influence us and how we can empower ourselves as media consumers.

•  Revised and expanded coverage of interviewing, emphasizing information and

   employment interviews, is available in The Interviewing Guidebook, which may be

   bought separately or packaged with new copies of Essentials of Human Communication.

Synopsis:

Reviewer Praise for DeVito' s "Essentials of Human Communication" “ I marvel at the ease with which Professor DeVito synthesizes the communication literature into coherent and easy to read chapters for our undergraduate communication students.”

Carole A. Barbato, "Kent State University" “ I find the material on culture well integrated into the book at appropriate times...I think this material is extremely relevant in our ever-shrinking world and that students really benefit from its inclusion.”

Thomas D. Bovino, "Suffolk Community College" “ The strength of this text is a basic, well organized approach to human communication with a clear, concise writing style that flows well and makes for an easy read.”

Kathleen Perri, "Valencia Community College" “ The mix of theoretical discussion and skill development exercises is appreciated by students as they find it to be a ' friendly' text compared to other college level texts they read. Also, the layout and design of the text encourages students to interact with the work.”

Joseph Ortiz, "Scottsdale Community College" “ The intercultural thread was one of the original qualities that drew me to the text and I find the updates to be excellent. The full integration of this theme is especially effective and is much preferred to treating the concept in one chapter only.”

“ I like the attention paid to diversity. My students come from very diverse backgrounds and I am especially sensitive to a text that will include photos and examples of people similar to them. This text accomplished that goal.”

ElizabethO' Brien, "Phoenix College" “ The writing style is excellent, literate without pretension and very well focused. I think that the students, and the lecturers, will find it very accessible, without feeling as if they are being spoon-fed the information.”

Karen Tanski, "Portland Community College" “ I very much like the cultural teachings section. This is essential information, not often covered directly in other texts.”

Sheryll Hirschberger, "Cape Cod Community College"

Synopsis:

This top-selling book presents the fundamental skills of interpersonal, small group, and public communication, emphasizing the areas of human communication skills, cultural awareness, listening, critical thinking, ethics, power and empowerment, media literacy, and computer-mediated communication.

 

Essentials of Human Communication fills the need for a brief, interesting, but serious book that places a strong focus on skill development. In-text features and the text itself highlight the application of human communication skills to the real world and to the workplace.

Table of Contents

 

PART ONE FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION

 

1 The Essentials of Human Communication

Human Communication

Communication Models and Concepts

Principles of Communication

Culture and Human Communication

 

Skill Development Experiences

    Distinguishing Content from Relationship Messages

    Making Cultural Beliefs Mindful

 

Featured Boxes

    Listen to This: Listening to Communicate

    Communicating Ethically: Approaching Ethics

    Media Literacy: What Is Media Literacy?

 

2 The Self and Perception

The Self in Human Communication

Self-Disclosure

Perception

 

Skill Development Experiences

    Revealing Yourself

    Taking Another’s Perspective

 

Featured Boxes

    Listen to This: Listening to Others’ Perceptions

    Communicating Ethically: Information Ethics

    Media Literacy: Who Are the Media?

 

3 Listening in Human Communication

The Importance of Listening: Task and Relationship Benefits

Stages of Listening

Styles of Effective Listening

Listening Differences: Culture and Gender

 

Skill Development Experiences

    Paraphrasing for Understanding

    Regulating Your Listening Perspective

 

Featured Boxes

    Listen to This: Listening to the Emotions of Others

    Communicating Ethically: Listening Ethically

    Media Literacy: Essential Principles of Media Literacy Listening

 

4 Verbal Messages

Principles of Verbal Messages

Disconfirmation and Confirmation

Using Verbal Messages Effectively

 

Skill Development Experiences

    Confirming, Rejecting, and Disconfirming

    Talking in E-Prime

 

Featured Boxes

    Listen to This: Listening without Prejudice

    Communicating Ethically: Communicating in Cyberspace

    Media Literacy: Hate Speech

 

5 Nonverbal Messages

The Functions of Nonverbal Communication

The Channels of Nonverbal Communication

Culture, Gender, and Nonverbal Communication

 

Skill Development Experiences

    Selecting Seats at the Company Meeting

    Expressing Praise and Criticism

 

Featured Boxes

    Listen to This: Listening with Nonverbals

    Communicating Ethically: Communication Silence

    Media Literacy: The Spiral of Silence

 

PART TWO CONTEXTS OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION

 

6 Interpersonal Communication, Conversation, and Relationships

Conversation

Principles of Conversation

The Stages of Interpersonal Relationships

Interpersonal Relationship Types

Theories of Interpersonal Communication and Relationships

Culture, Technology, Work, and Relationships

 

Skill Development Experiences

    Opening and Closing Conversations

    Formulating Apologies

 

Featured Boxes

    Listen to This: Listening to Stage Talk

    Communicating Ethically: Censoring Messages and Relationships

    Media Literacy: Parasocial Relationships

 

7 Managing Interpersonal Conflict

What Is Interpersonal Conflict?

Principles of Conflict

Conflict Management Strategies

 

Skill Development Experiences

    Generating Win—Win Solutions

    Early Conflict Resolution

 

Featured Boxes

    Listen to This: Listening to Messages in Conflict

    Communicating Ethically: Ethical Fighting

    Media Literacy: Cultivation Theory

 

8 Small Group Communication

The Small Group

Brainstorming Groups

Information-Sharing Groups

Problem-Solving Groups

 

Skill Development Experiences

    Brainstorming

    Solving Problems in Groups

 

Featured Boxes

    Listen to This: Listening in Small Groups

    Communicating Ethically: Telling Secrets

    Media Literacy: The Third-Person Effect

 

9 Members and Leaders in Small Group Communication

Members in Small Group Communication

Leaders in Small Group Communication

Membership, Leadership, and Culture

 

Skill Development Experiences

    Responding to Individual Roles

    Empowering Group Members

 

Featured Boxes

    Listen to This: Listening to Complaints

    Communicating Ethically: Justifying the Ends

    Media Literacy: Gatekeepers

 

10 Public Speaking Preparation (Steps 1—6)

The Nature of Public Speaking

Step 1: Select Your Topic and Purpose

Step 2: Analyze Your Audience

Step 3: Research Your Topic

Step 4: Formulate Your Thesis and Identify Your Main Points

Step 5: Support Your Main Points

Step 6: Organize Your Information

 

Skill Development Experiences

    Using Cultural Beliefs as Assumptions

    Limiting Topics

 

Featured Boxes

    Listen to This: Listening to Help Reduce Apprehension

    Communicating Ethically: Plagiarism

    Media Literacy: The Media and Disconfirmation

    The Public Speaking Sample Assistant: A Poorly Constructed Informative Speech

 

11 Public Speaking Preparation and Delivery (Steps 7—10)

Step 7: Word Your Speech

Step 8: Construct Your Conclusion and Introduction

Step 9: Rehearse Your Speech

Step 10: Deliver Your Speech

Critically Evaluating Speeches

 

Skill Development Experiences

    Constructing Conclusions and Introductions

    Checking Your Pronunciation

 

Featured Boxes

    Listen to This: Listening to Criticism

    Communicating Ethically: Criticizing Ethically

    Media Literacy: Advertising and Public Relations

    The Public Speaking Sample Assistant: The Preparation Outline

    The Public Speaking Sample Assistant: The Template Outline

    The Public Speaking Sample Assistant: The Delivery Outline

    The Public Speaking Sample Assistant: A Poorly Constructed Persuasive Speech

 

12 The Informative Speech

Guidelines for Informative Speaking

Supporting Materials

Presentation Aids

Speeches of Description

Speeches of Definition

Speeches of Demonstration

 

Skill Development Experiences

    Critically Evaluating Testimony

    Amplifying Statements

    Preparing an Informative Speech

 

Featured Boxes

    Listen to This: Listening to New Ideas

    Communicating Ethically: Speaking Ethically

    Media Literacy: Product Placement

    The Public Speaking Sample Assistant: An Excellent Informative Speech

 

13 The Persuasive Speech

Goals of Persuasion

Guidelines for Persuasive Speaking

Supporting Materials

Persuasive Speeches on Questions of Fact

Persuasive Speeches on Questions of Value

Persuasive Speeches on Questions of Policy

 

Skill Development Experiences

    Developing Persuasive Strategies

    Preparing a Persuasive Speech

    Developing Persuasive Speeches

 

Featured Boxes

    Listen to This: Listening to Anecdotal Evidence

    Communicating Ethically: Emotional Appeals

    Media Literacy: Reversing Media’s Influence

    The Public Speaking Sample Assistant: An Excellent Persuasive Speech

 

Glossary of Human Communication Concepts

Glossary of Human Communication Skills

 Bibliography

Index

Credits

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780205472031
Publisher:
Allyn and Bacon
Subject:
Theater - General
Author:
DeVito, Joseph A.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
5
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
MySpeechLab Series
Publication Date:
20070202
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
10.98x8.54x.69 in. 1.95 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Reviewer Praise for DeVito' s "Essentials of Human Communication" “ I marvel at the ease with which Professor DeVito synthesizes the communication literature into coherent and easy to read chapters for our undergraduate communication students.”

Carole A. Barbato, "Kent State University" “ I find the material on culture well integrated into the book at appropriate times...I think this material is extremely relevant in our ever-shrinking world and that students really benefit from its inclusion.”

Thomas D. Bovino, "Suffolk Community College" “ The strength of this text is a basic, well organized approach to human communication with a clear, concise writing style that flows well and makes for an easy read.”

Kathleen Perri, "Valencia Community College" “ The mix of theoretical discussion and skill development exercises is appreciated by students as they find it to be a ' friendly' text compared to other college level texts they read. Also, the layout and design of the text encourages students to interact with the work.”

Joseph Ortiz, "Scottsdale Community College" “ The intercultural thread was one of the original qualities that drew me to the text and I find the updates to be excellent. The full integration of this theme is especially effective and is much preferred to treating the concept in one chapter only.”

“ I like the attention paid to diversity. My students come from very diverse backgrounds and I am especially sensitive to a text that will include photos and examples of people similar to them. This text accomplished that goal.”

ElizabethO' Brien, "Phoenix College" “ The writing style is excellent, literate without pretension and very well focused. I think that the students, and the lecturers, will find it very accessible, without feeling as if they are being spoon-fed the information.”

Karen Tanski, "Portland Community College" “ I very much like the cultural teachings section. This is essential information, not often covered directly in other texts.”

Sheryll Hirschberger, "Cape Cod Community College"

"Synopsis" by ,

This top-selling book presents the fundamental skills of interpersonal, small group, and public communication, emphasizing the areas of human communication skills, cultural awareness, listening, critical thinking, ethics, power and empowerment, media literacy, and computer-mediated communication.

 

Essentials of Human Communication fills the need for a brief, interesting, but serious book that places a strong focus on skill development. In-text features and the text itself highlight the application of human communication skills to the real world and to the workplace.

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