Communication in Our Lives, 6th Edition

  • Julia T. Wood University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • ISBN-10: 0495909408
  • ISBN-13: 9780495909408
  • 560 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2003, 2000
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $137.50 
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Overview

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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Features/Benefits

  • In COMMUNICATION IN OUR LIVES, Sixth 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.
  • Chapter 13, Mass Communication and Media Literacy, develops students' media literacy by exploring how the media influence the ways we communicate, including digital means of connecting, collaborating, and participating in communities.
  • 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.

What's New

  • An increased emphasis on active learning, with questions in the margins prompt students to connect material to their lives.
  • "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.
  • "Research in Our Lives" appears in selected chapters. Each Research in Our Lives feature highlights communication research that is particularly relevant to issues and contexts of students' lives. The purpose of this feature is to show students that communication research really does make a difference in the "real world."

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    ISBN-10: 111135362X | ISBN-13: 9781111353629
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Table of Contents

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 Dimensions of Communication.
6. The Nonverbal Dimensions of Communication.
7. Communication and Culture.
PART II: INTERPERSONAL AND GROUP COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA LITERACY.
8. Foundations of Interpersonal Communication.
9. Communication in Personal Relationships.
10. Foundations of Group and Team Communication.
11. Effective Communication in Task Groups and Teams.
12. Communication in Organizations.
13. Media and Media Literacy.
PART III: PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.
14. Planning Public Speaking.
15. Researching and Developing Support for Public Speeches.
16. Organizing and Presenting Public Speeches.
17. Informative Speaking.
18. Persuasive Speaking.
Closing: Pulling Ideas Together.
Appendix A: Annotated Sample Speeches.
Appendix B: Interviewing.
Glossary.
References.
Index.

Supplements

Instructor Supplements

Instructor Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title’s "About the Solution" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition. For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Cengage Advantage Books: Communication in Our Lives  (ISBN-10: 111135362X | ISBN-13: 9781111353629)

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.

List Price = $130.95  | CengageBrain Price = $104.49  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.75


Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 111134177X | ISBN-13: 9781111341770)

Co-authored by Julia Wood, the Instructor's Manual contains resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation. This manual provides suggested activities, key concepts, journal activities, tips on incorporating technology in the classroom, test questions, and much more.


PowerLecture with PowerPoint® Slide, ExamView®, JoinIn™ Student Response System, Instructor's Resource Manual, Video Footage  (ISBN-10: 1111343896 | ISBN-13: 9781111343897)

This one-stop lecture tool makes it easy for you to assemble, edit, publish, and present custom lectures using Microsoft PowerPoint®. The IRCD lets you bring together text-specific lecture outlines and art from the text, along with video and animations from the Web or your own materials--culminating in a powerful, personalized, media-enhanced presentation. The CD also features an electronic version of the Instructor's Resource Manual, ExamView® software you can use to access the book's Test Bank and quickly create tests, while JoinIn™ on TurningPoint® allows you to quiz students during lecture then display how the class as a whole answered each question.


WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111614466 | ISBN-13: 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.

List Price = $112.00  | CengageBrain Price = $112.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $112.00


WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111570922 | ISBN-13: 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.

List Price = $112.00  | CengageBrain Price = $112.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $112.00


Communications Scenarios 2011 DVD  (ISBN-10: 0495909718 | ISBN-13: 9780495909712)


Communication Scenarios 2010 DVD  (ISBN-10: 0495833576 | ISBN-13: 9780495833574)

Communication concepts previously presented in the abstract come to life in these Communication Scenarios videos, which offer a variety of situations allowing students to watch, listen to, and critique model communication scenarios. This DVD, which includes over 40 short video clips, is organized according to topic and covers such topics as Improving Communication Climates, Culture, Nonverbal Communication, Business Communication, and Media & Communications.


Student Supplements

Student Supplements

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Cengage Advantage Books: Communication in Our Lives  (ISBN-10: 111135362X | ISBN-13: 9781111353629)

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.

List Price = $130.95  | CengageBrain Price = $104.49  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.75


Communication CourseMate with eBook, Interactive Video Activity, Audio Study Tools, SpeechBuilder Express™, InfoTrac® 1-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111764638 | ISBN-13: 9781111764630)

The CourseMate for Wood, COMMUNICATION IN OUR LIVES (W/SpeechStudio) offers a variety of rich learning resources designed to enhance the student experience. These resources include Audio Study Tools chapter downloads, Interactive Video Activities, Speech Builder Express™ 3.0, Speech Studio, self-assessments, Web resources, and student workbook by Miri Pardo, St. John Fisher College. All resources are mapped to both key discipline learning concepts as well as specific chapter learn lists.

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WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111614466 | ISBN-13: 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.

List Price = $112.00  | CengageBrain Price = $112.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $112.00


WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111570922 | ISBN-13: 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.

List Price = $112.00  | CengageBrain Price = $112.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $112.00


Meet the Author

About the Author

Julia T. Wood

Julia Wood joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she was 24. During her 37 years on the faculty, she taught classes and conducted research on personal relationships and on gender, communication, and culture. She was named the Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Humanities and the Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Professor of Graduate Education. She has published 25 books and 100 articles and book chapters. In addition, she has presented more than 100 papers at professional conferences and campuses around the United States. She has received 14 awards honoring her teaching and 16 awards recognizing her scholarship. She received her B.A. from North Carolina State University, her M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.

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