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Communication in Our Lives, 7th Edition

  • Julia T. Wood University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • ISBN-10: 1285075978  |  ISBN-13: 9781285075976
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2003
  • © 2015 | Published
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Overview

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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.

Table of Contents

Brief 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 Dimension of Communication. 
6. The Nonverbal Dimension of Communication. 
7. Communication and Culture. 
Part II: INTERPERSONAL AND GROUP COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA LITERACY.
8. Communication in Personal Relationships. 
9. Communication in Groups and Teams. 
10. Communication in Organizations. 
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. 
Reference. 
Index.

What's New

  • 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.

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  • Loose Leaf Edition

    ISBN-10: 1305634594 | ISBN-13: 9781305634596

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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Companion Web Site  (ISBN-10: 1285864204 | ISBN-13: 9781285864204)

The password-protected Instructor Companion Website includes Computerized Testing via Cognero®, ready-to-use PowerPoint® presentations (with text, images, and cued videos that can also be customized to suit your course needs), Join In for Turning Point Clicker questions, and an electronic version of the Instructor’s Manual. 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.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285978315 | ISBN-13: 9781285978314)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero is a flexible, online system that allows you to: Author, edit, and manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions. Create multiple test versions in an instant. Deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom or wherever you want.

CourseMate with SpeechBuilder Express™ 3.0, InfoTrac®, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285437624 | ISBN-13: 9781285437620)

Cengage Learning’s Communication CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Interactive Video Activities, MindTap Reader, and Speech Builder Express 3.0 are included. Watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. Communication CourseMate goes beyond the book to deliver what you need!

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MindTap® Speech, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Wood's Communication in Our Lives  (ISBN-10: 1285782496 | ISBN-13: 9781285782492)

MindTap™ Speech for Wood's Communication in Our Lives, 7th Edition is the digital learning solution that helps instructors engage and transform today's students into critical thinkers. Through paths of dynamic assignments and applications that you can personalize, real-time course analytics, and an accessible reader, MindTap helps you turn cookie cutter into cutting edge, apathy into engagement, and memorizers into higher-level thinkers. Unique to MindTap Speech are Pause and Reflect features that guide students in reflection on the course concepts, In Real Life video activities, journal entries, and Speech Builder Express 3.0™ -- a tool that coaches students through the entire speech organization and outlining process. Access to this product is valid for 6 months of usage.

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Student Supplements

CourseMate with SpeechBuilder Express™ 3.0, InfoTrac®, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285437624 | ISBN-13: 9781285437620)

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MindTap® Speech, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Wood's Communication in Our Lives  (ISBN-10: 1285782496 | ISBN-13: 9781285782492)

MindTap™ Speech for Wood's Communication in Our Lives, 7th 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. MindTap Speech includes Pause and Reflect activities that help you learn by asking you to stop and think about course concepts. Also included are In Real Life video activities, journal entries, and Speech Builder Express 3.0™ -- a tool that coaches you through the entire speech organization and outlining process. With these resources and an array of tools and apps -- from note taking to flashcards -- 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.

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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.