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 44 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.
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Section 1 Computer-Mediated Communication
How can online daters be more successful in meeting a potential romantic partner?
Jennifer L. Gibbs
What perceptions do people form after viewing Facebook profiles?
Ashley A. Hanna and Joseph B. Walther
What are we giving up and what are we risking when we disclose our private information online?
Section 2 Conflict Communication
What are the most effective ways for individuals to manage conflicts?
Michael E. Roloff
How do demand/withdraw patterns affect family members?
John P. Caughlin and Ashley V. Middleton
What are major conflict issues in the workplace and how can workplace conflict be managed more effectively?
Linda L. Putnam
Section 3 Family Communication
How do we talk to children about healthy lifestyle choices?
Leslie A. Baxter and Carma Bylund
How do siblings communicate to remain close throughout the lifespan?
Scott A. Myers
What roles and what impact do topic avoidance and secrets play in family relationships?
Tamara D. Afifi
Section 4 Gender Communication
How might feminist ideals help us to shape a more civic public discourse?
Cindy L. Griffin
How do the popular media script our bodies, our race, and our gender?
Ronald Jackson II and Natasha Shrikant
What is queer theory and how can understanding it help us to better understand our own sexual identity and the ways in which our prejudices influence our interactions with others?
Gust A. Yep and Scott M. Schönfeldt-Aultman
Section 5 Group Communication
What theories and concepts explain the communication and behaviors of peer groups, where members consider one another to be equals in some relevant way?
What effects do coaches’ communicative messages have on their athletes/teams?
Paul D. Turman
How can we have better decision-making in small groups?
Dennis S. Gouran
Section 6 Health Communication
How can we use health communication inquiry to enhance health outcomes?
Gary L. Kreps
How can we keep kids off drugs using communication?
Michelle A. Miller-Day and Michael L. Hecht
What roles do science and medicine play in constructing our views on illness and our role as patients?
Lisa Keränen and Jennifer Malkowski
Section 7 Intercultural Communication
How can we best increase our intercultural communication competence when we encounter people from different international cultures during travel, study, or business interactions?
What are the ways in which culturally distinctive practices get woven into international and intercultural interactions?
Guo-Ming Chen and Priscella Young
Given that highly racialized society that we live in, how do we communicate more successfully in this context?
Section 8 Interpersonal Communication
How can we keep our romantic partners happy by using relational maintenance?
How do we experience and respond to jealousy in romantic relationships?
Laura K. Guerrero
How can we have better first dates?
Paul A. Mongeau and Benjamin Wiedmaier
Section 9 Instructional Communication
How can students craft more competent emails to professors?
Keri K. Stephens, Marian L. Houser, and Renee L. Cowan
How can students better cope with public speaking anxiety in the college classroom?
Chris R. Sawyer and Amber N. Finn
How can students communicate effectively with their teachers?
Alan K. Goodboy and Matthew M. Martin
Section 10 Media Communication
In what ways is the proliferation of interactive media (scanning your grocery card, casting a vote on American Idol, and purchasing the latest phone app) and reality television programming damaging our ability to enact citizenship in our democracy?
How does violent video game play affect individuals’ thoughts, feelings, and behavior?
Kenneth A. Lachlan and Ashleigh Shelton
How do representations of cultural others in popular media shape our understanding of ourselves and our place in society?
Kent A. Ono and Myra Washington
Section 11 Nonverbal Communication
How can we tell if someone is lying to us?
Timothy R. Levine
Which nonverbal cues are effective when flirting?
Betty H. La France
Which nonverbal skills are important for communicating competence?
Brian H. Spitzberg
Section 12 Organizational Communication
What issues cause employee dissent in the workplace and how do employees dissent?
Jeffrey W. Kassing
What is the meaning of work and how do we make work meaningful?
George Cheney and Theodore E. Zorn
How can we sustain commitments to the work and personal aspects of our lives?
Patrice M. Buzzanell
Section 13 Persuasion Communication
How do evoked emotions affect our attempts to be persuasive?
Robin L. Nabi
How can we increase the success rate of compliance requests?
Daniel J. O’Keefe
How can we use powerful (and avoid powerless) language to persuade others?
Section 14 Political Communication
How can we, as citizens of democracy, engage productively with others despite our political differences?
Robert L. Ivie
How can we encourage college students to participate in a more political life (e.g., voting)?
Mitchell S. McKinney
How does campaign communication influence who we vote for?
Trevor Parry-Giles and Sean Luechtefeld
Section 15 Rhetorical Communication and Public Address
How and why might one assume the role of a tourist-critic when visiting places of public memory?
What are far-reaching practical consequences for the genetic revolution in terms of prenatal testing, new drugs, and new agricultural products?
Celeste M. Condit
Why should we all engage in critical civic discourse?
Raymie E. McKerrow