Choices & Connections

Third Edition

Choices & Connections is the first title to involve the Editorial Board for diversity, inclusion, and culturally responsive- sustaining pedagogy. The Board reviewed in detail every chapter of the text, as well as all photos throughout the book, with a goal of ensuring that photos and text examples work for all students. Their guidance has resulted in a better, bolder, more inclusive learning experience.

Every element in the book—from activities to examples—is designed to engage students in the study of communication and help them become resilient, confident, and culturally conscious communicators. This edition also features significantly expanded coverage of gender, with an overhauled Chapter 3: Understanding Gender and Culture which covers both gender and culture.

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The Work of the Editorial Board

With the guidance of the Editorial Board, the authors and editor took a careful look, page by page, at the text and photos throughout Choices & Connections to ensure that examples and content reflect the perspectives and experiences of all students. These eight communication scholars and professors brought both their expertise in inclusive pedagogy as well as new perspectives creating a more diverse set of voices that are reflected in the text.

Culturally Relevant Examples

When students see communication concepts played out in examples relevant to their life, they are more able to bring their whole self to the material—and the material to their lives. Choices & Connections is intentional about situating skills and concepts within culturally relevant examples. The text is filled with pop culture examples from movies, streaming series, and the news that are recognizable to students. The examples are always accompanied with descriptions and engaging questions to foster critical thinking and application. For the Third Edition, the authors and editor worked with the Editorial Board to make sure these examples better reflect the diversity of students’ interests and lived experience. The accompanying example from Chapter 6 uses NFL player protests in 2017 to discuss the power of nonverbal communication.

Positive Modeling

With the guidance of the Editorial Board, the authors and editor took a careful look, page by page, at the text and photos throughout Choices & Connections to ensure that examples and content reflect the perspectives and experiences of all students. These eight communication scholars and professors brought both their expertise in inclusive pedagogy as well as new perspectives creating a more diverse set of voices that are reflected in the text.

Correcting Bias

In addition to looking at photos, the Editorial Board gave feedback on the text. In Chapter 1, one section discusses Cesar Chavez―a leader of the United Farm Workers labor movement―as an example of a speaker who used communication to enact change in the real world. An Editorial Board member mentioned that this section would be even stronger if the text also included Dolores Huerta, the co-leader of the UFW labor movement.

The accompanying image is a section of actual manuscript from Choices & Connections, Third Edition, with tracked changes by the editor. The Editorial Board helped us make text changes like this throughout every chapter, ensuring that diverse perspectives are represented.

New Gender Coverage

Choices & Connections, Third Edition, features an extensively revised Chapter 3: Understanding Gender and Culture. Our Editorial Board felt that it was important to expand the book’s coverage of gender―and to do so in an inclusive, non-binary way. With the board’s help, our authors and editors created this reimagined chapter, which shows how gender and culture influence each other.

The chapter’s new Advance the Conversation scenario (pictured to the right) challenges students to navigate a difficult family situation that relates to both gender and culture. Throughout every chapter of the text, Advance the Conversation scenarios like this one challenge students to engage with chapter material and master key skills.