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COMMUNICATION IN OUR LIVES, 8th Edition, provides everything students need to strengthen their interpersonal, group, public speaking, and media literacy skills -- as well as demonstrates the value of communication in their personal and professional lives. Award-winning scholar Julia T. Wood combines skills development with the latest research and theory by prominent communication scholars. Praised by instructors and students alike, the text features an engaging, personal tone, highly readable style, and frequent Student Voice sections that explore how past students have experienced key communication concepts. The eighth edition integrates social and cultural diversity throughout, provides an early emphasis on public speaking, expands coverage of mass and social media, and includes a new focus on health communication. In addition, interactive, online study tools allow you to customize the text to your course and help your students become more confident and effective communicators.

Julia T. Wood, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Julia T. Wood is the Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Humanities Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the university at the age of 24. While on the faculty, she was named the Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Humanities and the Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Professor of Graduate Education. The author of 17 books, she has edited 10 other books, published more than 100 articles and book chapters and presented numerous papers at professional conferences. In addition, her honors include 12 awards for undergraduate teaching and 15 awards for her scholarship.
  • Thoroughly revised and updated with the latest developments from the field, Wood's COMMUNICATION IN OUR LIVES, 8e, includes more than 150 new references -- ensuring that the text is informed by the most current research.
  • Enhanced digital media coverage is integrated throughout the eighth edition. Every chapter includes a major new section devoted entirely to social media, while chapter 11, Media and Media Literacy, focuses on both mass media and social media.
  • Features in every chapter emphasize the importance of effective communication to today's careers, helping students see the relevance of text concepts in real-world practice.
  • A new focus on health communication is incorporated throughout the text. Every chapter includes all-new boxed feature Health Communication, which highlights connections between communication and issues relevant to health. In-text examples and key discussions of this topic are also included where appropriate.
  • After reading the latest about communication theories, research, and skills, students apply what they've learned to their own lives through Communication Highlight boxes, which provide examples of communication in personal and work contexts, and Sharpen Your Skills boxes, which include self-tests and brief activities.
  • A signature feature of the text, thorough coverage of social and cultural diversity is woven into every chapter -- which not only reflects contemporary society but also helps students appreciate social diversity and its profound implications for how we communicate with others.
  • Extensive public speaking coverage begins early in the text with examples, exercises, and sample speeches with annotated commentary, all designed to support speaking as a key course component. Enriched attention to effective reasoning --including the Toulmin model -- and discussion of fallacies in reasoning also help students master public speaking skills.
  • Case studies in every chapter expand the conversation by enabling students to see how the theories and principles explored in the text play very real, important roles in everyday life. The scenarios and speeches featured in the case studies are also available as multimedia presentations.
  • Featured at the end of chapters in Parts I and II, "Beyond the Classroom" offers suggestions for expanding on chapter material in three ways: considering the chapter's relevance in the workplace, probing ethical issues raised in the chapter, and connecting chapter material to civic and social engagement with the broader world.
Preface.
About the Author.
Introduction.
Part I: FOUNDATIONS OF COMMUNICATION.
1. The World of Communication.
2. Perception and Communication.
3. Communication and Personal Identity.
4. Listening Effectively.
5. The Verbal Dimension of Communication.
6. The Nonverbal Dimension of Communication.
Part II: CONTEXTS OF COMMUNICATION.
7. Communication in Personal Relationships.
8. Communication in Groups and Teams.
9. Communication in Organizations.
10. Communication and Culture.
11. Media and Media Literacy.
Part III: PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.
12. Planning Public Speaking.
13. Researching and Developing Support for Public Speeches.
14. Organizing and Presenting Public Speeches.
15. Informative Speaking.
16. Persuasive Speaking.
Closing: Pulling Ideas Together.
Appendix A: Annotated Sample Speeches.
Appendix B: Interviewing.
Glossary.
References.
Index.
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COMMUNICATION IN OUR LIVES, Sixth Edition, provides everything students need to strengthen their interpersonal, group, public speaking, and media literacy skills--and demonstrates the value of communication in their own lives. Award-winning, forward-thinking scholar Julia T. Wood combines a strong focus on skills development with careful attention to the research and theory of today's most prominent communication scholars, including current developments in cultural and social diversity and the impact of technology on communication. Consistently praised by instructors and students alike, the text features an engaging, personal tone, highly readable style, and frequent Student Voice sections that explore how past students have experienced key communication concepts. The text's comprehensive coverage includes integrated attention to diversity, early emphasis on public speaking, a unique chapter on the role of the media, and an all-new chapter on organizational communication. It is also packed with interactive, online study tools that further assist your students as they explore human communication and become more confident and effective communicators.

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Communication in Our Lives

ISBN: 9780495909408
COMMUNICATION IN OUR LIVES, Sixth Edition, provides everything you need to strengthen your interpersonal, group, public speaking, and media literacy skills--and demonstrates the value of communication in your life. Award-winning, forward-thinking scholar Julia T. Wood focuses on helping you develop vital communication skills while exploring the latest research and theory of today's most prominent communication scholars, including current developments in cultural and social diversity and the impact of technology on communication. This popular text features an engaging, personal tone, highly readable style, and frequent Student Voice sections that explore how other students have experienced key communication concepts. It is also packed with interactive, online study tools that can help you explore human communication and become a more confident and effective communicator.

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781111614461
Resource Center for Speech Communication offers a variety of rich learning resources designed to enhance the student experience including self assessments, blogs (online journals), images, video, Web resources, and animations mapped to key discipline learning concepts. More than just a collection of ancillary learning materials, the Resource Center for Speech Communication also features important community tools that extend the education experience beyond a particular class or course semester.

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ISBN: 9781111570927
Resource Center for Speech Communication offers a variety of rich learning resources designed to enhance the student experience including self assessments, blogs (online journals), images, video, Web resources, and animations mapped to key discipline learning concepts. More than just a collection of ancillary learning materials, the Resource Center for Speech Communication also features important community tools that extend the education experience beyond a particular class or course semester.

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