Our Communication, Our World: An Introduction to Communication StudiesVersion 1.0 By: Richard G. Jones, Jr.
- Emphasizes practicality and competence. The book’s “real world” focus integrates content about communicating in professional contexts throughout. Relevant and concrete examples ensure students immediately see the applicability of what they learn.
- Utilizes a tone that is conversational and stimulates the reader to engage in inner dialogue.
- Emphasizes critical thinking and encourages linking theory to practice.
- Each chapter is structured around supportive learning components.
- “Learning Objectives” organized by main section.
- Key terms highlight important concepts and terminology.
- Four boxed features appear throughout.
- "Getting Real” explains how fundamental concepts have been explored or applied in recent research.
- “Getting Competent” presents information to help learners develop skills as scholars and practitioners.
- “Getting Digital” highlights the intersection of communication and technology, including the internet, smartphones, and social media.
- “Getting Critical” enhances analytical thinking and invites reflection by drawing on examples from current events, politics, and popular culture—often within the context of ethical considerations.
- Diversity coverage is woven into each chapter, rather than relegated to boxes or sidebars.
- Includes current topics not consistently covered in other titles, such as communication research methods (Chapter 1), health communication (Chapter 12), and critical approaches in communication (integrated throughout).
Our Communication, Our World: An Introduction to Communication Studies is suitable for introduction to human communication courses, usually called introduction to communication studies, speech communication, or human communication. The course is geared to communication majors but often enrolls non-majors. Our Communication, Our World: An Introduction to Communication Studies surveys the entire field of human communication (history/research, interpersonal, small group, and limited coverage of public speaking).
Our Communication, Our World: An Introduction to Communication Studies conveys the time-tested conceptual foundations of human communication. It incorporates the newest, pertinent research and cutting-edge applications of basic communication concepts. Special attention is paid to the connection between theory and practice to highlight practicality and connect with students’ real-world experiences. Faculty and students will value this book’s down-to-earth approach; integrative, learning-driven features; concrete and relevant examples; and well-researched but conversational tone.
Chapter 1: Communication History, Theory, and Research
Chapter 2: Communication Processes and Principles
Chapter 3: Communication and Perception
Chapter 4: Verbal Communication
Chapter 5: Nonverbal Communication
Chapter 6: Listening
Chapter 7: Interpersonal Communication Processes
Chapter 8: Communication in Relationships
Chapter 9: Culture and Communication
Chapter 10: Small Group Communication
Chapter 11: Organizational Communication
Chapter 12: Health Communication
Chapter 13: Public Communication
Chapter 14: Media, Technology, and Communication
Chapter 15: New Media and Communication
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