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Jennifer M. MacLennan

Interpersonal Communication for Canadians
ISBN 13: 9780195421026

About the Book

This Canadian textbook for introductory courses in interpersonal communication treats major concepts in interpersonal relations using an interdisciplinary approach, combining theoretical understanding with practical skill development. Interpersonal Communication for Canadians can be distinguished from its competitors in several ways, primarily because it is completely Canadian, not a Canadianization. This book offers an interdisciplinary approach rather than the exclusively social-scientific one that marks most interpersonal communication texts. The study of human interaction has a much longer and richer tradition than most interpersonal communication texts suggest. This text incorporate insights into human interaction from several fields, in particular the humanistic study of communication.

  • Offers a Canadian perspective - Most interpersonal communication textbooks take for granted a range of American cultural assumptions and attitudes, which in turn are conflated with disciplinary values that shape the way this material is taught. In this culturally-sensitive field, this text is unique in offering a significant and distinctive Canadian perspective.
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach - The study of human interaction has a much longer and richer tradition than is offered by texts with a social-scientific approach. This text incorporates insights into human interaction drawn from several fields, in particular the humanistic study of communication.
  • Thoughtful assignments do more than just teach precepts - The exercises will help students learn to 'read' their own communication situation and assist them in building the kind of discretion, effective judgement, and sensitivity to others that they need in order to interact effectively both on the job and in their personal lives.
  • Best-selling author - This book draws upon methods and strategies that the author has culled her previous publications and over twenty years of teaching communication to students in a wide variety of fields.

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