Introduction to Communication Studies: Translating Scholarship into Meaningful Practice
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The field of communication studies is one of the most exciting disciplines to study…
With research topics ranging from understanding relational maintenance and dating, to learning about nonverbal deception and lying, communication research has produced findings that may profoundly enhance our daily lives if we understand them.
The authors of Introduction to Communication Studies: Translating Scholarship into Meaningful Practice believe that students who are introduced to the communication field for the first time should leave their introductory course with practical knowledge they can actually use in their daily lives.
Introduction to Communication Studies: Translating Scholarship into Meaningful Practice goes beyond most introductory textbooks written for the “basic course” that typically focus on public speaking, group communication, and interpersonal communication.
Introduction to Communication Studies: Translating Scholarship into Meaningful Practice is an edited volume of articles that translates entire research programs of complicated findings into simple real life practices across the major communication contexts. Thus, creating an effective communicator in a variety of real life situations and contexts!
Available in print and eBook formats, Introduction to Communication Studies: Translating Scholarship into Meaningful Practice:
- Helps the reader understand important communication research findings published in peer-reviewed journals.
- Features 42 brief mini-chapters that highlight major programs of communication research written by the most famous experts who are noteworthy scholars with impressive research agendas.
- Provides the reader with better “take-aways” from an introductory course, shows him/her a good cross-section of the state of the art research that is being conducted, and gives the reader practical real life advice grounded in scholarship.
Section 1 Computer-Mediated Communication
How to Be Successful in Online Dating
Jennifer L. Gibbs
Understanding the Relationship Between Social Media and Well-Being
Jeffrey Hancock & Angela Y. Lee
Effective Privacy Management and Disclosure Practices on Social Media: Sharing and Protecting Ourselves
Jeffery T. Child
Section 2 Family Communication
Understanding Family Distancing: Taking a Closer Look at Parent–Child Estrangement
Kristina M. Scharp, Cimmiaron F. Alvarez, Salvador Guzman, & Haley Nolan-Cody
Communicating Closeness with Siblings
Scott A. Myers
“It’s okay to keep some things to yourself”: The functionality of topic avoidance and secrets in parent–adolescent relationships
Tamara D. Afif
Section 3 Gender Communication
Rhetorics of Empowerment and Women’s Health
Tasha N. Dubriwny
Scripting the Black Masculine Body
Ronald Jackson II & Natasha Shrikant
Gender, Sexuality, Power, and Violence: Queer Theory and Trans Studies in Communication
Gust A. Yep & Scott M. Schönfeldt-Aultman
Section 4 Health Communication
Keepin’ it REAL when Developing Narrative Health Messages
Michelle Miller-Day & Michael L. Hecht
Weight-Related Communication: Helpful, Hurtful, and Unavoidable
Tricia J. Burke, Analisa Arroyo, & Valerie J. Young
Strategic Use of Health Communication: Implications for Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Gary L. Kreps
Section 5 Intercultural Communication
How can Intercultural Friendship Help Reduce Prejudice?
Intercultural Communication Competence
Guo-Ming Chen & Priscilla Young
Critical Surveillance Studies: Living Ethically in a Surveillant World
Section 6 Interpersonal Communication
Romantic Relationship Maintenance
Communicative Responses to Jealousy: How to Cope with the Green-Eyed Monster
Laura K. Guerrero
Highlights from Research on Communication Before, During, and After Sexual Activity
Amanda Denes, Rachel V. Tucker, & Eli Quay
Section 7 Instructional Communication
Did I Really Send that? Crafting Effective Emails to Professors
Keri K. Stephens, Marian L. Houser, & Renee L. Cowan
How Can Students Better Cope with Public Speaking Anxiety in the College Classroom?
Chris R. Sawyer
Instructional Communication: Research on Texting and Note-Taking
Jeffrey H. Kuznekoff & Stevie Munz
Section 8 Media Communication
How Powerful is Misinformation in the Media, Why it Happens and How to Stop it?
Stefanie Z. Demetriades, Nathan Walter, & Christopher M. Dobmeier
How I Learned to Stop Worrying About and Start Enjoying Video Games
Nicholas David Bowman
Why do we binge-watch television content, and to what effect?
Bridget Rubenking & Cheryl Campanella Bracken
Section 9 Nonverbal Communication
How Can We Tell if Someone is Lying to Us?
Timothy R. Levine
Effective Nonverbal Flirting Cues
Betty H. LaFrance & Jeffrey A. Hall
Nonverbal Skills for Communicating Competently
Brian H. Spitzberg
Section 10 Organizational Communication
How Can We Balance Work and Family?
Patrice M. Buzzanell
How Should Organizations Respond During a Crisis?
W. Timothy Coombs
Emotional Labor, Burnout, and Compassion at Work
Carsyn J. Endres & Sarah J. Tracy
Section 11 Persuasion and Rhetoric
The Persuasive Influence of Emotion
Robin L. Nabi
Promising Practices for Effective Activism in a Digital Age
Psychological Reactance and Persuasive Communication
Section 12 Political Communication and Public Deliberation
Communication Technologies and American Political Life
Joshua M. Scacco
The Aesthetic Preferences of Liberals and Conservatives
Brooke Molokach, Erin Oittinen, Robert Stise, & Dannagal G. Young
How to Talk Politics and Save Democracy
Katherine R. Knobloch
Section 13 Science Communication
How Can Rhetoric Help Us Understand Science, Health, and Medicine?
Lisa Keränen & Jennifer Malkowski
How does Media Shape how we see Social Machines?
Jaime Banks & Kevin Koban
The Influence of Aggressive Communication Styles in Science Conversations
Section 14 Sport Communication
How to Use Sports Media for Identity Insights
Andrew C. Billings
Sport Socialization: How do we Improve Sporting Experiences?
Gregory A. Cranmer
The Highly Identified Sports Fan: A Brief Introduction into the Personality and Consequences of a Sport Fan
Michael B. Devlin
Alan K. Goodboy (PhD, West Virginia University) is a Professor and Peggy Rardin McConnell Research Chair of Communication Studies at West Virginia University. Dr. Goodboy is a quantitative scholar and statistics nerd, having completed over 700 hours of postdoctoral coursework in structural equation modeling. He has over 150 publications and most of his research fits into the interpersonal communication (e.g., relational turbulence in romantic relationships) and instructional communication (e.g., teaching and learning) sections of Introduction to Communication Studies: Translating Scholarship into Meaningful Practice (Kendall Hunt Publishing). Most recently, he has been collaborating on medical communication research (e.g., medical simulations) with surgery colleagues at WVU.
Kara Shultz (Ph.D., University of Denver) is the Vice Provost and Dean of the Honors College at Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in higher education for over 30 years as faculty member and chairperson in the Communication Studies Department at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania before moving into an administrative role. As an applied communication scholar, Dr. Shultz has focused on building communicative processes that support broad engagement to help organizations and communities develop shared understandings across competing perspectives to strengthen collaborative action. She has published in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, The Howard Journal of Communications, Conflict and Diversity, The Rhetoric of Food, and Handbook of Communication and People with Disabilities.