Communication in Everyday Life: A Survey of Communication

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Explore fundamental communication concepts, theories, and skills aimed at helping students apply communication skills to their personal and professional lives―with a thematic integration of the relational perspective and a focus on demonstrating its direct relevance to their own everyday communication.

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Steve Duck taught in the United Kingdom before taking up the Daniel and Amy Starch Distinguished Research Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa.  He has been a professor of communication studies, an adjunct professor of psychology, a former Dean’s Administrative Fellow and is now Chair of the Rhetoric Department. He has taught interpersonal communication courses, mostly on relationships but also on nonverbal communication, communication in everyday life, construction of identity, communication theory, organizational leadership, and procedures and practices for leaders. More recently he has taught composition, speaking and rhetoric, especially for STEM students. By training an interdisciplinary thinker, Steve has focused on the development and decline of relationships, although he has also done research on the dynamics of television production techniques and persuasive messages in health contexts. Steve has written or edited 60 books on relationships and other matters and was the founder and, for the first 15 years, the Editor of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. His book Meaningful Relationships: Talking, Sense, and Relating won the G. R. Miller Book Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Steve co-founded a series of international conferences on personal relationships. He won the University of Iowa’s first Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in 2001 and the National Communication Association’s Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award in 2004 for “dedication to excellence, commitment to the profession, concern for others, vision of what could be, acceptance of diversity, and forthrightness.” He was the 2010 recipient of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Helen Kechriotis Nelson Teaching Award for a lifetime of excellence in teaching and in the same year was elected one of the National Communication Association’s Distinguished Scholars. He hopes to sit on the Iron Throne and be famous.

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"The easy-to-read, conversational style of the writing, which has carried over from the first edition...has been very well-received by our students."--Martha Antolik

"I still believe this is one of the best textbooks for an introduction to communication class!!!"

--Donna L. Halper

"Clear, clean, interesting and practical - an enjoyable, intellectual read across every chapter. Duck and McMahan do a wonderful job of incorporating the fundamentals/core research, theories, and perspectives of the discipline with clarity, accessibility, and creative applications to the personal and social lives of our students. This text is more than an introduction to our discipline and its subsumed areas of specialization (i.e., health, org, family/interpersonal, media); it is a great starting point for framing one's thinking for a career of communication theory and research scholarship and practice. There is no other text that better addresses the everyday communication that creates and recreates our personal and relational identities across a variety of contexts. "

--Christine E. Rittenour "West Virginia University "

"Duck and McMahan's text is an excellent book for the undergraduate introductory course surveying the discipline of communication studies. The writing style and level of presentation are appropriate for the undergraduate audience."

--Natalia Rybas

"Incredibly relevant easy to use starter text"

--Tracy Schorle

"Communication in Everyday Life is an excellent textbook for first year students in communication disciplines. It provides students with an understanding of how communication processes work and play and how it is important to use communication skills depending of different context or scenarios. The book includes practical exercises and challenging questions suitable for the networked society we currently live in."--Lina Gomez

"This text provides depth and breadth of information for new COMM scholars. It provides relevant thought-pieces that could create valuable class discussion tied to course concepts. "

--Carla J. Harrell

"I think it's a great text for an introductory course. It is accessible, easy to read, and complete. "

--Vicki L. Karns

-The easy-to-read, conversational style of the writing, which has carried over from the first edition...has been very well-received by our students.---Martha Antolik

-I still believe this is one of the best textbooks for an introduction to communication class!!!-

--Donna L. Halper

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