Communication Mosaics: An Introduction to the Field of Communication 8th Edition
Julia T. Wood
ISBN-13: 9789814834520 | ISBN-10: 9814834521
© 2017 | Published |  386  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.

  • Preface.
    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.

      • 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.
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    • 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.