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A First Look at Communication Theory [Print Replica] [Kindle Edition]

Em Griffin
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0073534307
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0073534305
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The most widely-used textbook for the communication theory course, A First Look at Communication Theory analyzes the major communication theories at a level that is appropriate for both lower- and upper-level courses. The theories represented in the text reflect a mix of foundational and recent scholarship and strike a balance of scientific and interpretive approaches.

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About the Author

Em Griffin is Professor of Communication at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he has taught for the past twenty-six years and has been chosen Teacher of the Year. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from Northwestern University. His research interest centers on the development of close friendships. Professor Griffin is the author of three applied communication books: The Mind Changers analyzes practical techniques of persuasion; Getting Together offers research-based suggestions for effective group leadership; and Making Friends describes the way that quality interpersonal communication can build close relationships. He also speaks and leads workshops on these topics in the United States, Singapore, and the Philippines. Professor Griffin’s wife, Jean, is an artist. They have two adult children, Jim and Sharon.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and clear November 14, 2011
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Author Em Griffin is able to make an interesting read out of communication theory, which has potential to be dry. Each of the theories covered in this text is interesting and relevant to daily life, well-supported with useful examples and valid data and explained with clarity. Sometimes the examples get too wordy for my taste, but in general the chapters offer solid overviews of theories. I've learned a lot from this text. I'm keeping it for future reference.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, but use November 16, 2013
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Book was good quality, dealer was good quality. received within a few days of ordering. However, go to and you can get all of the theories that are in the book with better explanation. its the books website and its free.
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By Carolyn
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I needed this book for my introduction to theories of communication class, and honestly it's so well written. In my situation at least, you would not be able to pass the class without the book. Thankfully, this book makes your time seem well spent. It's extremely well written and clear for a subject that plenty of scholars can make extraordinarily boring and hard to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 8, 2014
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Found everything I needed in the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition with minimal notations in margins February 18, 2014
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The text arrived well before my semester started and was in great condition. This is a very complete text with lots of theories that can be applied to politics, relational issues and organizational flow within businesses. it provides a great general overview into the study of Communication Theory.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Ebook rental August 27, 2013
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I decided to try buying my books as Ebooks this semester and it was definitely a good idea. My college gives every full time student a Mac or PC and this year they started adding iPad minis as well. Now I will always have my Ebook with me and I don't have to worry about lugging around 20+ lbs of books. I'm saving about $150 compared to buying used books, $300 if I bought them all new. And even better with this Comm Theory Ebook I was able to rent it for just the semester. It downloaded in just a couple minutes to both devices and I don't have to worry about returning it cause it will return itself. I would definitely suggest trying this to all college students. I'll try to add more at the end of the semester to say how it all worked for me.

A caution of warning, make sure that you only need the book and no other online resources that sometimes come bundled with printed versions of textbooks. I don't think that anything would come bundled with this book but I have seen reviews complaining that the customer also had to buy a separate item for other classes in different subjects.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For college class May 16, 2013
By Ashley
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Boring confusing book. Was very well used when i received it but worked great for class had not highlighting or ink pen marks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good for a textbook. April 20, 2015
By Jay Jex
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As far as textbooks go this on is good. The writing is interesting and it covers the theories in the right amount of detail.
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