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Applying Communication Theory for Professional Life


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Preface Acknowledgments 1. Introduction to Communication Theory 2. Developing Theory 3. Explaining Theories of Cognition and Intrapersonal Communication 4. Explaining Theories of Individual Differences and Social Approaches to Communication 5. Explaining Theories of Interpersonal Communication 6. Explaining Theories of Culture 7. Explaining Theories of Persuasion 8. Explaining Theories of Group Communication 9. Explaining Theories of Organizational Communication 10. Explaining Theories of Mediated Communication 11. Explaining Theories of Mass Communication 12. So What Should a Communicator Do? References Index About the Author

About the Author

Marianne Dainton (MA, PhD, The Ohio State University; BA, Villanova University) is a professor of communication at La Salle University in Philadelphia. She teaches communication theory, interpersonal communication, group communication, and organizational communication. Marianne's research focuses on communication that facilitates relationship maintenance. She has published in Communication Monographs, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Family Relations, and Communication Quarterly, among others. She has also published numerous book chapters and is the co-editor (with Daniel Canary) of Maintaining Relationships Through Communication. Elaine D. Zelley (MA, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University; BA, Ursinus College) is an associate professor of communication at La Salle University in Philadelphia. She teaches communication theory; communication ethics; interpersonal communication; organizational communication; group communication; and sex, gender, and communication. Elaine's interests focus broadly on women's roles and relationships including in the workplace and friendships. She was recently a contributing researcher for a collaborative census report on The Gender Gap in Nonprofit Boardrooms. She has also developed pedagogical expertise in curriculum assessment and in understanding by design (UbD). She has published in Communication Yearbook and has also coauthored several book chapters dealing with the topics of relationship maintenance, friendship, and competition.


"I like how I can adapt this book to my teaching style and the needs of my students. Unlike many theory books, this one does not intimidate undergrad students!" -- Ronald Fetzer

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