Essentials of Human Communication (5th Edition)

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9780205414888: Essentials of Human Communication (5th Edition)

This best-selling text presents the fundamental skills of interpersonal, small group, and public communication, emphasizing the areas of human communication skills, cultural awareness, listening, critical thinking, power, and ethics. Essentials of Human Communication fills the need for a brief, interesting, but serious text that places a strong focus on skill development.

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Reviewer Praise for DeVito's Essentials of Human Communication

“I marvel at the ease with which Professor DeVito synthesizes the communication literature into coherent and easy to read chapters for our undergraduate communication students.”
Carole A. Barbato, Kent State University

“I find the material on culture well integrated into the book at appropriate times...I think this material is extremely relevant in our ever-shrinking world and that students really benefit from its inclusion.”
Thomas D. Bovino, Suffolk Community College

“The strength of this text is a basic, well organized approach to human communication with a clear, concise writing style that flows well and makes for an easy read.”
Kathleen Perri, Valencia Community College

“The mix of theoretical discussion and skill development exercises is appreciated by students as they find it to be a 'friendly' text compared to other college level texts they read. Also, the layout and design of the text encourages students to interact with the work.”
Joseph Ortiz, Scottsdale Community College

“The intercultural thread was one of the original qualities that drew me to the text and I find the updates to be excellent. The full integration of this theme is especially effective and is much preferred to treating the concept in one chapter only.”
“I like the attention paid to diversity. My students come from very diverse backgrounds and I am especially sensitive to a text that will include photos and examples of people similar to them. This text accomplished that goal.”
Elizabeth O'Brien, Phoenix College

“The writing style is excellent, literate without pretension and very well focused. I think that the students, and the lecturers, will find it very accessible, without feeling as if they are being spoon-fed the information.”
Karen Tanski, Portland Community College

“I very much like the cultural teachings section. This is essential information, not often covered directly in other texts.”
Sheryll Hirschberger, Cape Cod Community College

About the Author:

Joseph A. DeVito received a BA from Hunter College in 1960 (with a major in speech and a minor in Spanish), an MA from Temple University in 1962 (with a major in speech along with some sociology), and a PhD from the University of Illinois in 1964 (with a major in speech and a minor in linguistics). After receiving his PhD, DeVito returned to his alma mater, Hunter College-in-the-Bronx [which later became Lehman College], to teach. Later, he moved to Queens College and then to Hunter (from which he retired from full-time teaching)—all within the City University of New York. During his teaching career, DeVito taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, with a concentration on the undergraduate level and mainly on the introductory courses.

 

At various times, DeVito has served on the editorial boards of Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Monographs, Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Journal of Communication, and Etc: A Review of General Semantics. He has also served as consulting editor to publishers: Random House, Harper & Row, Waveland Press, and HarperCollins. He also served as ETS coordinator of the committee to construct the DANTES Public Speaking Test for the Educational Testing Service. A prolific author, DeVito has written or edited more than 20 books in the field of communication, including The Interpersonal Communication Book, Human Communication: The Basic Course, and Essentials of Human Communication, all published by Pearson.

 

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