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Introduction to Communication Studies: Translating Scholarship into Meaningful Practice

Author(s): Alan Goodboy, Kara Shultz

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2012

Pages: 444

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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 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?
Sandra Petronio

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?
SunWolf

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?
Donal Carbaugh

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?
Tom Nakayama

Section 8 Interpersonal Communication
How can we keep our romantic partners happy by using relational maintenance?
Marianne Dainton

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?
Mark Andrejevich

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?
Lawrence Hosman

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?
Carole Blair

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


Alan Goodboy

Alan K. Goodboy (Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2007) is an Associate Professor at West Virginia University. His research interests focus on instructional communication (e.g., instructional dissent) and interpersonal communication (e.g., relational maintenance). His research appears in such journals as Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied CommunicationCommunication Research Reports, and Communication Reports, and in several other journals.

Kara Shultz

Kara Shultz is a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Communication Studies at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She teaches a variety of courses in rhetoric and public advocacy and intercultural communication. Her research explores the use of rhetoric in constructing and contesting identity for marginalized cultural communities. Her essay “Every Child a Star” (And Some Other Failures): Rhetorical Trajectories of Guilt and Shame in the Cochlear Implant Debates” appeared in the August 2000 Quarterly Journal of Speech. In addition, she has a co-authored article that appeared in The Howard Journal of Communication (1998, July-September); two book chapters in the edited volumes Conflict and Diversity and Handbook of Communication and People with Disabilities; and an article “On Establishing a More Authentic Relationship with Food: From Heidegger to Oprah on Slowing Down Fast Food” in the forthcoming book on The Rhetoric of Food.

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