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Communication Pathways

Joseph M. Valenzano, III, Melissa Broeckelman-Post, and Erin S. Parcell


From the authors of The Speaker and The Speaker’s Primer comes an innovative new textbook that covers communication curriculum in an approachable way. Communication Pathways introduces a modern approach to the survey course, with concise chapters that emphasize communication theory. The authors organize content around a communication-centric theme: dialogue. A full chapter devoted to dialogic communication unpacks the concept for students; the authors further incorporate and explicate dialogic communication as it applies to subsequent chapter concepts. This theme is unique to the text and is a central element of what the authors aim to accomplish: to create competent communicators who can advocate ideas civilly, explain complicated subjects, and disagree without being disagreeable in a variety of interactive settings.


Key Features

  • Dialogic communication theme unifies survey communication course content to foster student engagement and concept application
  • Concise presentation offers theory-based learning that leaves room for instructor innovation
  • “Mediated Moments” feature illustrates key concepts from chapters through contemporary, relatable examples
  • “Dialing Diversity” boxes engage age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, and ethnicity

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Basics of Communication

Chapter 2: Communication, Culture, and Diversity

Chapter 3: Perception and the Self

Chapter 4: Dialogic Communication

Chapter 5: Language

Chapter 6: Nonverbal Communication

Chapter 7: Listening

Chapter 8: Relationship Development

Chapter 9: Relationship Maintenance

Chapter 10: Communication in Intimate Relationships

Chapter 11: Mediated Relationships

Chapter 12: Interpersonal Conflict

Chapter 13: Nature of Formal Presentations

Chapter 14: Organizing Your Presentation

Chapter 15: Delivery

Chapter 16: Informative Speaking

Chapter 17: Persuasive Speaking

Chapter 18: Small Group Communication

Chapter 19: Leadership

Chapter 20: Interviewing