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June 2013
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Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies

Version 1.0.2 By: Richard G. Jones, Jr.

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Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies by Richard G. Jones, Jr. 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.

Communication in the Real World engages students with a conversational tone while still including key theories and concepts that will challenge students to think about communication in new ways. References to current events and hypothetical examples also challenge students to think critically about communication ethics. The content and pedagogical strategies in the book are based in integrative learning, which is a perspective that encourages learners to reflect on how the content they are learning connects to other classes they are taking or have taken, their professional goals, and their civic responsibilities. In keeping with this perspective, the author makes frequent use of concrete and relevant examples that refer to diverse relationships such as family, friends, co-workers, and romantic relationships, and communication contexts such as interpersonal, organizational, academic, mediated, and civic. In addition, each chapter has some key takeaways and exercises that carry a “Getting Integrated” identifier, which directs students and instructors to consider how concepts are integrated into multiple parts of our lives.

Communication in the Real World can be used in “hybrid” courses that cover some combination of communication foundations, interpersonal communication, group communication, and public communication. In addition to these typically covered content areas, the author has included a unit on Mass Media, New Media, and Communication that explores fundamentals of mass communication and emerging technologies. Since many schools are encouraged or mandated to meet objectives related to technology competencies, media literacy, and critical thinking, content such as the connection between new media and democracy, the effect of new media on relationships, and the importance of balancing your social media presence with your professional goals is included. Courses suitable for this book include: Introduction to Communication Studies, Introduction to Speech Communication, and Introduction to Human Communication.

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The following features appear in each chapter of Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies:

“Getting Real” boxes include “real-life” examples of communication concepts in action in relationships, workplaces, or communities. In Chapter 6, this box links to the webpage for the International Association of Image Consultants to illustrate the concept of self-presentation goals.

“Getting Competent” boxes are a skill-building feature. These boxes present real or hypothetical scenarios similar to case studies that will allow students to apply concepts from the chapter. Chapter 6 includes a “Get Competent” box titled, “Handling Roommate Conflicts.”

“Getting Plugged In” boxes highlight technology on a variety of fronts including: the Internet, e-mail, text messaging, blogging, social media, and mass media. Chapter 6 includes a “Get Plugged In” box that discusses college students’ self-disclosure on social media sites like Facebook.

“Getting Critical” boxes enhance critical thinking and invite student reflection. These boxes draw on examples from current events, politics and popular culture, and may tie in closely with communication ethics. One chapter includes a “Get Critical” box that asks students to consider Rep. Weiner’s apology and resignation over inappropriate communication in the context of emotional expression.

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Richard G. Jones, Jr. Eastern Illinois University

Richard G. Jones, Jr., (PhD, University of Denver) is Associate Professor and Introductory Course Director in the School of Communication and Journalism at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. Rich holds a PhD in Human Communication Studies with a concentration in Culture and Communication from the University of Denver. He also has an MA in Speech Communication; a post-baccalaureate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies; and a BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Rich is an academic, educator, consultant, 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 tenured faculty member. His educational philosophy is guided by the notion that the classroom is the doorway to developing critical thinking skills, 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. Since much of his research is related to social justice and community building, Rich believes that being active in his community is an important part of modeling the behaviors about which he writes and teaches. Rich is a four-time recipient of Eastern Illinois University’s Achievement and Contribution Award that honors faculty members’ outstanding achievements and academic contributions. He was recognized three times in the "balanced" category, which considers teaching, research, and service as a whole, and one time in the service category. In his spare time, Rich enjoys playing with his dogs, restoring his Victorian home, and being an active member of the community theatre scene in East Central Illinois.
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