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COMMUNICATION IN OUR LIVES, Seventh 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, and a unique chapter on the role of the media. 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.

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.
  • A new emphasis of Health Communication has been integrated throughout the text. A new boxed feature, Health Communication, is presented in each chapter highlighting connections between communication and issues relevant to health. In-text examples and key discussions of this topic are also integrated throughout the text where appropriate.
  • Chapter 7, Communication and Culture now covers key dimensions of cultural life (and intercultural differences).
  • Chapter 11, Media and Media Literacy has been thoroughly revised and expanded to give substantial focus to social media and current research assessing the impact of social media on our lives.
  • The Seventh Edition provides not only the most current research and literature but has also been streamlined to better fit the needs of the classroom to now have 16 chapters.
  • In COMMUNICATION IN OUR LIVES, Seventh Edition, students read about communication theories, research, and skill and then apply them to their own lives through Communication Highlight boxes, which provide excerpts from primary source readings, and Sharpen Your Skills boxes, which include self-tests and brief activities.
  • Coverage of social and cultural diversity is woven into each chapter not only to reflect our contemporary society but also to help 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.
  • Integrated into each chapter, case studies expand the conversation by allowing 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.
  • “Beyond the Classroom” appears at the end of chapters in Parts I and II. This feature offers suggestions for taking the material in the chapter beyond the classroom 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.
Brief Contents.
About the Author. 
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. 
7. Communication and Culture. 
8. Communication in Personal Relationships. 
9. Communication in Groups and Teams. 
10. Communication in Organizations. 
11. Media and Media Literacy. 
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. 
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