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Communication Begins with Children

A Lifespan Communication Sourcebook


Edited By Thomas J. Socha and Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter

Communication Begins with Children: A Lifespan Communication Sourcebook seeks to transform the field of communication, arguing that the field must stop neglecting and segregating children and instead adopt an age-inclusive lifespan approach that fully includes and fully considers children in all communication theorizing, research, and education from infancy and throughout the human lifespan. One-size-fits-all, adult-centric communication theorizing, researching, and educating is inadequate and harms the communication field’s potential as a social force for positive change for all communicators. The volume contains four sections (Foundations, Relational Communication Development, Digital Communication Development, and Navigating Developmental Communication Challenges) that showcase state-of-the-art chapters about the history of children’s relational and digital communication studies, methods used to study children’s communication, media literacy development, communication and children’s health, and much more. A must read for all communication researchers, educators, and students and an important addition to advanced and graduate level human and digital communication courses.

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About the Authors


Fashina Alade, Ph.D. Candidate, Media, Technology and Society Doctoral Program, Northwestern University

Gary A. Beck, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication and Graduate Program Director, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

Wendy Bower, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator, Communication Disorders Department, SUNY, New Paltz

Kristen Carr, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Texas Christian University

John Chetro-Szivoc, Ph.D. Associate Dean, School of Professional Studies, Clark University, Worcester, MA

Melinda J. Colwell, Ph.D., Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University

Sydney Cox, BA, Teacher - Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Carrollton, Texas

Robin Duffee, Ph.D. Candidate, Communication Arts & Sciences, Penn State University

Marit Eikaas Haavimb, MA BPSS, Consultant, Drammen Norway

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