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West and Turner's UNDERSTANDING INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: MAKING CHOICES will empower your students with the knowledge they need to be skillful communicators in today's changing and technologically advanced society. With a belief that "theory informs skills and skills refine theory," this text seeks to eliminate the perceived division between theory and practice while clarifying the intersection between the two. This approach to skill development provides discussion of interpersonal skills and the behavior choices students can make in order to become more effective communicators. The authors avoid "telling" students how to apply interpersonal skills to various situations. Rather, they provide a list of skills pertaining to the theory students read about in the chapter so students will be able to draw upon a sort of toolbox, or set of skills, that are specific and workable. Filled with realistic examples and scenarios that reflect the diversity and interactions of today's students, UNDERSTANDING INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION makes clear connections between theory, skills and the life situations we all encounter on a daily basis.
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Rich West is Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College in Boston. At Emerson, he served as the Department Chair for several years, as the Acting Director of the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, and as the Project Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. He is past President of the Eastern Communication Association, where he received the Past Officer's Award and was recognized as a "Distinguished Research Fellow" in the Association. Rich is also the former Director of NCA's Educational Policies Board. Both Illinois State University (B.A./M.A.) and Ohio University (Ph.D.) have recognized him as an Outstanding Alum in Communication Studies. He has written extensively in the area of classroom communication and has been recognized as a "Leading Scholar" in Classroom Communication by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship (CIOS). Together, Rich and Lynn have co-authored 5 books in multiple editions. They are also co-editors of both the Handbook of Family Communication and The Family Communication Sourcebook, which won the National Communication Association's Outstanding Book Award from the Family Communication Division. In addition, Rich and Lynn are the recipients of the Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Service in Family Communication. They have also both served as President of the National Communication Association.Review:
"...I predict that Turner and West are once again going to produce a top-notch text that will be recognized as one of the best in our discipline."
"I like the balance between theory and skills offered by Turner and West because they seem to complement each other. Such a format works because students can apply what they learn almost immediately. This blending in instructional units permits students to develop a basic understanding of interpersonal communication without becoming mired in theories and concepts. The content works well for an introductory interpersonal communication course."
"UNDERSTANDING INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: MAKING CHOICES IN CHANGING TIMES approaches interpersonal communication from the perspective of change and evolution. It is concerned with the impact diversity and the technology may have on the communication encounter. Moreover, this text includes and element of interpersonal communication that is often neglected, that of ethical considerations to be taken into account when interacting with others."
"The [writing style] is one of the strongest assets to this text! The writing style is easy to read and the language and examples can relate very well to students... love the writing style, examples and equal emphasis on theory and skills offered in this text. I also like the inclusion of some classical theory as well as current research."
"I think this text is quite impressive. From a student's perspective, I really believe that the style of writing, personal examples from the authors, inclusion of all types of diversity, and variety of examples will greatly appeal to the students. I appreciate the fact that it is written to address the interpersonal needs of the current student found in today's classroom. Many students are not communication majors, but are enrolled in other majors and professional programs, they find inclusion in this text and experience how interpersonal communication affects their lives."
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