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West and Turner's UNDERSTANDING INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: MAKING CHOICES IN CHANGING TIMES, Enhanced Second Edition, empowers your students by providing both the knowledge and practical skills they need to make choices as effective communicators in today's rapidly changing and technologically advanced society. The text eliminates the perceived division between theory and practice and clarifies their fundamental interconnections. The text powerfully supports skill development by exploring communication concepts in tandem with realistic scenarios and concrete behavior choices students can make in order to become more effective communicators. Rather than "telling" students how to communicate, the authors list a "toolbox" of key skills pertaining to each theory so students can actively choose and experiment with strategies appropriate for a given situation. Filled with realistic examples and scenarios that reflect the diversity and interactions of today's students, UNDERSTANDING INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: MAKING CHOICES IN CHANGING TIMES, Enhanced Second Edition, makes clear connections between theory, skills, and the life situations we all encounter on a daily basis. This enhanced second edition includes the student workbook bound in at the end of the text, with chapter goals, outlines, interactive student activities, InfoTrac® activities, and journal entries.
- The Interpersonal Explorer features highlight ways theory and skills are interrelated and present skill development as a process of making behavioral choices to become more effective communicators. Each box also references a related online activity and ABC News video.
- Imagine Yourself boxes highlight interpersonal communication in useful and familiar real-life contexts, including work, school, and families, to illustrate situations in which students must make interpersonal choices and prepare them to make those choices effectively.
- IPC in the News boxes provide interesting and informative examples of interpersonal communication in the media to illustrate key concepts and provide compelling examples of their real-life consequences.
- This second edition of UNDERSTANDING INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION includes more than 150 new references on topics such as Blogs, Web 1.0 and Web 2.0, Body Art and Tattoos, Internet Infidelity, "Final Conversations" before Death, Immigration and Xenophobia, Humor in Close Relationships, and Identity Play on the Internet.
- As part of an integrated suite of online resources, Interactive Video Activities allow students to watch and evaluate new Case in Point case studies and ABC News videos anytime, anywhere. Additionally, within the Resource Center, Interpersonal Simulations ask students to make a choice within a scenario, answer critical-thinking questions to consider the consequences of their choice, and then see the consequences for a few likely choices.
- This enhanced second edition includes the student workbook bound in at the end of the text, with chapter goals, outlines, interactive student activities, InfoTrac® activities, and journal entries.
- Each chapter opens with an intriguing Case in Point scenario that helps students immediately and personally appreciate key communication concepts from self-perception to culture and identity to nonverbal communication. These scenarios feature people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and educational levels.
- Ethics & Choice boxes encourage students to consider the ethical implications of key topics and explore how their own ethics relate to communication choices.
- Communication Assessment Tests within each chapter allow students to build their skills by completing a self-assessment of their communication behaviors and attitudes and taking personal responsibility for their own skill development.
- The text frequently refers students to online Your Turn journal activities for personal self-reflection. The authors also encourage critical thinking by presenting both the bright side and dark side of interpersonal communication to emphasize the importance of choice and a need to appreciate how our communication choices affect others.
2. Communication, Perception, and the Self.
3. Communication, Identity, and Culture.
4. Communicating Verbally.
5. Communicating Nonverbally.
6. Effective Listening.
7. Communication and Emotion.
8. Sharing Personal Information.
9. Communicating Power and Conflict.
10. Communicating in Close Relationships.
11. Technology and Interpersonal Communication.