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Offering insights from a Who's Who of scholars in interpersonal communication

“A highly beneficial contribution to the field with chapters that are clear and concise and illuminate the interesting and important aspects of interpersonal communication. With each chapter students are informed about the components of the theory and are also provided with examples that they can relate to, which really brings these theories to life.”

—René Dailey, University of Texas at Austin

“I love this book for its insight, organization, and inclusiveness. I like that the authors use specific examples and then apply their theory to the examples for illustration—this is how students begin to learn how to use and understand theories. What an accessible, thorough, and user-friendly book.”

—Maureen P. Keeley, Texas State University-San Marcos

Engaging Theories in Interpersonal ...

Constructivism Theory: Explaining Individual Differences in Communication Skill
Constructivism theory: Explaining individual differences in communication skill
Brant R.Burleson and Jessica J.Rack

Imagine that it is near the end of the semester, you are a student, and you are behind on a required term paper. You do not think you'll be able to complete it on time, so you meet with the professor to request an extension. Following are two different messages that might be used in this situation.

Message 1: Dr. Jones, about the paper due this week, well, I really wanted to finish it on time but I've been so busy! I went on vacation for Thanksgiving and I couldn't find the time to write it then. When I came back I had another paper due for ...

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