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Interpersonal Communication: Everyday Encounters, 8th Edition

  • Julia T. Wood University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • ISBN-10: 128544583X  |  ISBN-13: 9781285445830
  • 432 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2007
  • © 2016 | Published
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Overview

Helping you find your voice, INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: EVERYDAY ENCOUNTERS, 8e helps you build the skills you need to become a more effective communicator. Award-winning author Julia T. Wood incorporates the latest communication research as she presents a pragmatic introduction to the concepts, principles, and skills of interpersonal communication. Reflecting her expertise in gender and social diversity, the book offers unparalleled emphasis on diversity. It also provides comprehensive coverage of the influence of social media and thorough discussions of the ethical challenges and choices that affect interpersonal communication. In addition, it covers such timely issues as emotional intelligence and forgiveness, interracial relationships, safe sex, ways to deal with abuse from intimates, race-related differences between conflict styles, and the power of language.

Features and Benefits

  • Offering additional viewpoints on chapter topics, commentaries by students from colleges and universities around the nation highlight their experiences, insights, and concerns-broadening classroom discussions to include a wide range of perspectives.
  • Icons in the margins point students to “Everyday Skills” at the end of each chapter. Covering most Learning Objectives, these exercises emphasize the next level of application-skill building with author support. They may be answered in the book or interactively in MindTap.
  • “Communication in Everyday Life” features-with “Diversity”, “Insight”, “Social Media”, and “Workplace” subcategories-spotlight interesting research and examples of interpersonal communication in real life.
  • End-of-chapter “Continuing the Conversation” provides a short video case study that continues the conversation of the chapter by showing students how the theories and principles that they just read about show up in everyday life. Additional videos are available for students in MindTap.
  • “Assessing Yourself” quizzes in most chapters enable students to apply chapter concepts at the most basic level-themselves.
  • “Engaging with Ideas” reflections and “Thinking Critically” activities allow students to reflect and write in more depth-in MindTap-by considering questions about personal, on-the-job, and ethical applications.

Table of Contents

Part I: THE FABRIC OF INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION.
1. A First Look at Interpersonal Communication.
2. Communication and Personal Identity.
3. Perception and Communication.
4. The World of Words.
5. The World Beyond Words.
6. Mindful Listening.
Part II: WEAVING COMMUNICATION INTO RELATIONSHIPS.
7. Emotions and Communication.
8. Communication Climate: The Foundation of Personal Relationships.
9. Managing Conflict in Relationships.
10. Friendships in Our Lives.
11. Committed Romantic Relationships.
12. Communication in Families.
Epilogue: Continuing the Conversation.
Glossary.
References.
Index.

What's New

  • Cultural diversity is woven even more thoroughly throughout the new Eighth Edition. Chapter 2, Communication and Personal Identity, discusses cultural influences on self-presentation. Chapter 3, Perception and Communication, highlights research showing that people from different cultures perceive visual phenomena differently. The discussion of conflict in Chapter 9, Managing Conflict in Relationships, now includes information about cultural influences on how people manage conflict.
  • Stronger and more integrated attention to social media is featured throughout. Every chapter includes a section that discusses connections between chapter themes and social media. All chapters also include one or more “Communication in Everyday Life” features highlighting social media.
  • Expanded attention to ethics includes coverage of ethical choices integrated throughout the text as well as a “Thinking Critically” question focused specifically on ethics at the end of each chapter.
  • Chapter 2, Communication and Personal Identity, includes a new section on how we express, or perform, our identities. Highlighting our human ability to choose how to perform our identities, this new material provides a useful complement to existing coverage of ways that others and culture shape identity.
  • Now more relevant to contemporary students, Chapter 12, Communication in Families, helps students think about and manage issues that face or will face them and their families.
  • Findings from more than 125 new sources reflect the latest research related to interpersonal communication.
  • Built on a strengthened learning architecture based on skill building, application, and critical thinking, the Eighth Edition's pedagogy is reflected and integrated carefully into MindTap-a personalized teaching experience with assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking, allowing instructors to measure skills and outcomes with ease. At MindTap students are able to use dynamic technological resources, including interactive videos and simulations; find high-value gradable activities; and practice in an engaging, personalized online environment. MindTap is cued in the text where appropriate to remind students of their options for interactive applications.
  • Each chapter now previews chapter content for students with an easily reviewed set of Learning Objectives paired with a chapter outline. Each Learning Objective has been carefully matched with one or more activities that will demonstrate its mastery.
  • Bringing chapter concepts to life, the expanded photo program now includes more stills from popular media plus thought-provoking captions.
  • “Communication in Everyday Life” features now include a new “Social Media” subcategory; renamed the “Career” subcategory “Workplace” to reflect the fact that not all work need be considered a “career”; and often conclude with a suggestion for applying the boxed material via reflection, action, or visiting an online site, for which students can provide written responses in MindTap.
  • End-of-chapter features have been revised and reorganized to provide a logical learning sequence for all activities, building up to progressively more challenging levels of practice and application. The levels move from the simplest review in the “Chapter Summary” and “Key Concepts” to the most challenging application-”Thinking Critically”.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

“I think the approach taken by the textbook is a good combination of communication theory and practical application of interpersonal communication principles. This makes the text easy to read and provides great examples and exercises to practice the concepts discussed so that students learn how to adapt their communication skills. … The instructor supplements also provide everything an instructor needs to develop and maintain their interpersonal communication course.”

— Staci Kuntzman, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

“I think the approach to this book is conversational and theoretical, which enables students to clearly understand concepts while making them real to their everyday lives. This is what I want my students to do, which is why I chose to use this textbook. The previous book was too academic and dry and lacked the ability to give the concepts richness and usefulness.”

— Matt Sanders, Utah State University

“The text breaks down a complicated subject into specific digestible chunks and teaches to competencies in those chunks. I think that this text does a great job with organization. This is a book I can take in order. It is a book that makes sense.”

— Jason Stone, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City

“Julia Wood has quite a reputation so those who know her work might be tempted to adopt the book based on that alone. I also think people will appreciate Ms. Wood's open and honest approach. Her book is approachable and engaging and provides a very solid introduction to interpersonal communication that differs from other textbooks on the same topic.”

— Neely Silberman, Saint Mary's College of California

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MindTap® Speech, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Wood's Interpersonal Communication: Everyday Encounters  (ISBN-10: 1305091175 | ISBN-13: 9781305091177)

MindTap™ Speech for Wood's Interpersonal Communication: Everyday Encounters, 8th Edition provides you with the tools you need to better manage your limited time -- you can complete assignments whenever and wherever you are ready to learn with course material specially customized for you by your instructor and streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface. With an array of tools and apps -- from flashcards to note taking -- you'll get a true understanding of course concepts, helping you to achieve better grades and setting the groundwork for your future courses. Access to this product is valid for 6 months of usage.

List Price = $81.00  | CengageBrain Price = $81.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $81.00

LMS Integrated for MindTap® Communication, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305403428 | ISBN-13: 9781305403420)

This access code will provide you with seamless access to your MindTap™ Communication resources from within your campus Learning Management System. You will be prompted to enter this access code the first time that you click on a link in your course that includes Cengage content.

List Price = $81.00  | CengageBrain Price = $81.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $81.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

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 as well as 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. In addition to publishing 25 books and 100 articles and book chapters, she has presented more than 100 papers at professional conferences and campuses around the country. Her accolades include 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.