Communication for Today’s Student is a fresh approach to the communication issues that have become increasingly critical to professional and personal success in contemporary society. This innovative and interactive text incorporates theory and practice to successfully prepare students to become effective communicators, thus giving them the necessary tools to compete in today’s job market. You will find this online integrated learning approach provides the enhanced guidance students need to identify and implement creative solutions, regardless of the communication context. We live in a world where we share the experience of a moment with millions of other people, a world where it is not just important, but imperative that students are empowered with the knowledge and skills to brave the challenges presented in every type of communication situation.
Communication for Today’s Student feature areas of:
- Principles of Communication
- Interpersonal Communication
- Public Communication
- Leadership and Group Dynamics
About the Author
Chapter 1 Communication for Today’s Student: An Introduction
Chapter 2 Perception and Listening
Chapter 3 What is the Power of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication?
Chapter 4 Understanding Interpersonal Relationships
Chapter 5 Building Relationships
Chapter 6 Intercultural Relationships
Chapter 7 Researching Your Topic
Chapter 8 Organizing Your Ideas and Structuring Your Outline
Chapter 9 Delivering the Speech
Chapter 10 Speaking to Inform
Chapter 11 Speaking to Persuade
Chapter 12 What Are the Roles of Leadership and Power in Group Dynamics?
Chapter 13 Small Group Presentations
Karen Turner Ward holds a doctoral degree in Criticism and Public Address from Regent University. Dr. Ward has the distinction of being the first student to earn a Ph.D. from the University. Dr. Ward currently serves as Chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Hampton University where she teaches communication and theatre courses. She serves on the School of Liberal Arts and Education University 101 (First-Year Experience) Advisory Committee and assists in the development of the course curriculum. She also helped prepare the course’s interactive textbook, The Individual and Life: Your Pathway to Success. She has served as a national consultant on recruitment, assessment, and retention of African American students.
To meet student needs, Dr. Ward has incorporated innovative approaches to instruction and introduced technology into traditional instructional programming. It was this search for innovative approaches to instruct “today’s students” that inspired her to write the communication textbook, Communication for Today’s Student, now in its fourth edition. The textbook, published by Kendall Hunt Publishing, is accompanied by an interactive program, which enables students to submit assignments online, sit for digital exams, take practice tests and post-tests, and absorb the material through interactive games and flash cards. This program enables students as well as instructors to obtain immediate assessment results. The overwhelming success of this program inspired Dr. Ward to develop both the Humanities One Interactive and Humanities Two Interactive textbooks.
Dr. Ward has received numerous awards for her commitment to innovative teaching, including the coveted, E. L. Hamm Distinguished Teaching Award presented each academic year by the University President.
Communication for Today's Student is a textbook you will actually want to read! I have a newfound confidence in my public speaking voice and now I am not afraid to make speeches, whether they are planned or impromptu. It is relatable and relevant in its scenarios as well as informative in its examples. There isn’t any other textbook out there that captures the real life and struggles that students face in their daily lives. This textbook will change your interpersonal relationships and fear of public speaking for the better! Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful and helpful course and textbook for a subject that scares us students the most.
Jordan Tanksle, Student