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Thinking Through Communication (6th Edition)

Thinking Through Communication (6th Edition)
Author: Sarah Trenholm
ISBN 13: 9780205688098
ISBN 10: 205688098
Edition: 6
Publisher: Pearson Higher Education
Publication Date: 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
List Price: $125.20

Praised for its “teachability,” Thinking Through Communication provides an excellent, balanced introduction to basic theories and principles of communication, making sense of a complex field through a variety of approaches.

In an organized and coherent manner, Thinking Through Communication covers a full range of topics–from the history of communication study to the methods used by current communication scholars to understand human interaction. The book explores face-to-face communication in a variety of traditional contexts: interpersonal, group, organizational, public, intercultural, computer-mediated communication and the mass media

Written in a clear, lively style, Trenholm's overall approach—including her use of examples and interesting illustrations—helps develop a better understanding of communication as a field of study and an appreciation for ways in which communication impacts our daily lives.


The 1995 edition has been updated with a new chapter on electronic communication technologies; added materials on natural language types, leadership and group problem-solving effectiveness, and women in the media; and more cross-cultural examples. Trenholm (Ithaca College) asks students "to rediscover communication" through her coverage of its parameters: the study of rhetoric since Aristotle; multiple definitions; decoding and encoding messages; interpersonal, group, public, mass media, and intercultural forms; and popular research methods with examples. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.