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Communication Mosaics: An Introduction to the Field of Communication 8th Edition

Julia T. Wood

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  • Previous Editions 2014, 2011, 2008
  • 400 Pages
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Written by leading scholar Julia Wood, COMMUNICATION MOSAICS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE FIELD OF COMMUNICATION, 8E draws from the latest research and practices to equip students with a foundational survey while helping them build effective skills. Retaining the author's signature first-person narrative style and holistic approach, the text explains the basic processes central to all communication contexts—listening, perceiving, using verbal and nonverbal communication, and establishing climate. Then these processes are applied to various contexts such as interpersonal, small group, public, organizational, intercultural, mass communication, personal, and social media. Each chapter includes a section devoted to digital communication and social media. Chapters end with a case study enabling students to put what they learn into real-world practice. In addition, Chapter 13 walks students step-by-step through the process of planning and preparing a public speech.

Julia T. Wood, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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.
  • The eighth edition features a robust integration between the print text and MindTap™.
  • Every chapter includes a section devoted to digital communication and social media, giving students unparalleled insight into the dynamics of these continually expanding areas.
  • Reflecting the latest developments from the field, the research base for the book is enriched with 200 new references.
  • Engaging new discussions include communication's relevance to such timely topics as balancing work and life, face-to-face and online bullying, and addiction to social media.
  • Offering more in-depth insight and prompting lively classroom discussion, new critical thinking questions have been added to selected photo captions and feature boxes in chapters, while author responses are available in the online resources for the book.
  • Offering a wealth of resources, the text's Premium Website features a variety of online tools mapped to key communication learning concepts and chapter learning lists. Popular with instructors and students alike, the site includes an enhanced eBook, audio study tools, chapter downloads, interactive video activities, self-assessments, and other web resources.
  • Each chapter opens with learning objectives as well as includes in-text engagement features, skill building exercises, and reflection questions to help students optimize their study time and course success.
  • Throughout the book, the author explicitly links communication concepts to active involvement with the world beyond the classroom. Wherever possible, the text cites current research, provides engaging examples, and directs students to URLs and blogs about relevant civic engagement, work settings, and social contexts.
  • The author explores the uses, impact, and roles of technology—detailing social media throughout the text to illustrate the pervasive nature of technology today, while a variety of hands-on activities show students how to work critically and meaningfully with these technologies to maximize their careers and personal success.
  • COMMUNICATION MOSAICS encourages students to apply communication theories, research, and skills to real-world practice. Self-tests and brief activities found in each chapter's TAKE ACTION section and the "Guidelines" sections in Parts II and III help students develop and sharpen their communication skills, while "Engage!" boxes introduce them to a range of technology, diversity, and professional issues.
1. A First Look at Communication.
2. The Field of Communication from Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.
3. Perceiving and Understanding.
4. Engaging in Verbal Communication.
5. Engaging in Nonverbal Communication.
6. Listening and Responding to Others.
7. Creating Communication Climates.
8. Adapting Communication to Cultures and Social Communities.
9. Communication and Personal Identity.
10. Communication in Personal Relationships.
11. Communication in Groups and Teams.
12. Communication in Organizations.
13. Public Communication.
14. Mass Communication.
15. Digital Media and the Online World.
Each MindTap product offers the full, mobile-ready textbook combined with superior and proven learning tools at one affordable price. Students who purchase digital access can add a print option at any time when a print option is available for their course.

This Cengage solution can be seamlessly integrated into most Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and more) but does require a different ISBN for access codes. Please work with your Cengage Learning Consultant to ensure the proper course set up and ordering information. For additional information, please visit the LMS Integration site.

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