Understanding Human Communication

Understanding Human Communication

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The tenth edition of Human Communication builds upon the approach that has worked for over a half million students and their professors in the past, making this book the market leader for introductory communication studies. The book first introduces the elements of communication, such as perception, language, listening, and nonverbal, then it turns to sections on interpersonal communication (a highlight in this book), small group communication, and public address. Ron Adler and George Rodman speak to students in a reader-friendly voice to give them the tools they need to master the course. They provide a wealth of examples to clearly illustrate concepts, and thoughtful pedagogy drawn from the latest media, culture, technology, and scholarship.show more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 200.66 x 251.46 x 20.32mm | 861.82g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 10th Revised edition
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 0195336127
  • 9780195336122
  • 1,181,195

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"Understanding Human Communication provides students with the material they need to know to become competent communicators in the 21st century."--Patricia Carr Connell, Gadsden State Community College, Alabama"I have used this book for several semesters with great success. Students like it, I like it, and it provides the most basic communication concepts without oversimplifying or trivializing the material."--B. Hannah Rockwell, Loyola University Chicagoshow more

Table of contents

PART ONE: ELEMENTS OF COMMUNICATION; 1. Human Communication: What and Why?; 2. The Self, Perception, and Communication; 3. Language; 4. Listening; 5. Nonverbal Communication; PART TWO: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION; 6. Understanding Internpersonal Relationships; 7. Improving Interpersonal Relationships; PART THREE: COMMUNICATION IN GROUPS; 8. The Nature of Groups; 9. Solving Problems in Groups; PART FOUR: PUBLIC COMMUNICATION; 10. Choosing and Developing a Topic; 11. Organization and Support; 12. Presenting Your Message; 13. Informative Speaking; 14. Persuasive Speaking; APPENDIXshow more

About Ronald Adler

Ronald B. Adler is Professor of Communication at Santa Barbara City College. He is coauthor of Interplay: The Process of Interpersonal Communication, Tenth Edition (OUP, 2006), Looking Out, Looking In (2006), and Communicating at Work: Principles and Practices for Business and the Professions (2006). George Rodman is Professor of Mass Communication at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, where he founded the television writing program. He is author of Mass Media in a Changing World, Second Edition (2007), and Making Sense of Media (2001).show more

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