Communication in Our Lives,
9th Edition

Julia T. Wood, Rebecca C Hains

ISBN-13: 9780357656853
Copyright 2024 | Published
480 pages | List Price: USD $250.95

Wood/Hains' COMMUNICATION IN OUR LIVES, 9th Edition, provides everything you need to become a more confident and effective communicator -- both personally and professionally. Renowned teachers Julia T. Wood and Rebecca C. Hains combine the latest research, theory and best practices with hands-on skills development. Extremely student friendly, the text features an engaging, personal tone, while frequent Student Voice sections highlight how past learners have experienced key communication concepts. In addition to its signature focus on social and cultural diversity, equity and inclusion, the ninth edition includes expanded coverage of digital media and health communication. An early introduction to public speaking includes plenty of sample speeches, and the importance of effective communication to today's careers is emphasized. Also available: MindTap digital learning solution.


About the Authors.
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 in Personal Relationships.
8. Communication in Groups and Teams.
9. Communication in Organizations.
10. Communication and Culture.
11. Media and Media Literacy.
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.

  • 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.

  • Rebecca C Hains

  • Chapter Learning Objectives help students focus on key concepts.

  • Completely up to date, the new edition includes discussions on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on various aspects of personal and professional communication. The pandemic's impact on day-to-day life included widespread increases in telecommuting and online learning, resulting in rapid adoption of remote communication technologies.

  • Hundreds of newly updated citations are integrated throughout the text, substantially bolstering recent scholarship.

  • Thoughtfully selected with diversity, equity and inclusion in mind, updated photos and illustrations modernize the visual elements, making the text even more engaging for students.

  • The authors' use of more inclusive language and examples throughout helps all students -- whatever their background -- feel connected to the text.

  • After reading the latest about communication theories, research and skills, students apply what they've learned to their own lives through Communication Highlight boxes, which provide examples of communication in personal and work contexts.

  • A signature feature of the text, diversity, equity and inclusion coverage is thoroughly woven into every chapter. In addition to reflecting contemporary society, this emphasis helps students appreciate social diversity, understand its profound implications for how we communicate with others and see themselves better reflected in the text.

  • Digital media and communication are now integrated throughout the text, interwoven with the main contents. This change reflects the fact that these media are no longer new, but rather are well established in society, thoroughly intertwined with many aspects of day-to-day life.

  • 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.

  • Case studies in every chapter expand the conversation by enabling students to see how the theories and principles explored in the text play vital roles in everyday life. The scenarios and speeches featured in the case studies are also available as multimedia presentations.

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