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Contents: Foundations of Communication - Interpersonal Communication - Small-Group Communication and Leadership - Public Speaking - 21st-Century Communication

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Sherwyn P. Morreale (PhD, University of Denver) is Director of Graduate Studies in Communication at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. For eight years, she served as Associate Director of the National Communication Association. She has authored or co-authored 24 journal articles, 15 book chapters, and 15 books and monographs, including The Competent Public Speaker (Peter Lang, 2010). Dr. Morreale has presented numerous programs on public speaking and has received the National Communication Association's highest award for outstanding service to the communication discipline.
Brian H. Spitzberg (PhD, University of Southern California) is currently Senate Distinguished Professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University. He is author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of over 100 scholarly articles, books, and book chapters on communication competence and the dark side of communication. His 1994 co-authored book, The Dark Side of Relationship Pursuit: From Attraction to Obsession and Stalking, won the biennial International Association for Relationship Research Book Award in 1996.
J. Kevin Barge (PhD, University of Kansas) is Professor of Communication at Texas A & M University. He is also a tutor for the M.Sc. in Systemic Leadership, a management development program offered by the Kensington Consultation Center Foundation and the University of Bedfordshire. His work has been published in The Academy of Management Review, Management Communication Quarterly, and other journals. He has served on a number of national and international editorial boards for journals such as Human Relations. Barge is a past president of the Central States Communication Association.


"The book begins with a bold claim that communication competence is the single most important factor in determining quality of life. As it turns out, I agree, and I think that after reading this book, students will too. Starting with an emphasis on basic competencies in language, nonverbal communication, and listening, the book then clearly and effectively explicates knowledge and skills in the traditional areas of communication studies - interpersonal communication, small group communication, and public speaking." (Phil Backlund, Director, National Communication Association's Educational Policies Board, Central Washington University)
"Clear, concise, and comprehensive, the third edition of Communication: Motivation, Knowledge, Skills highlights a contextual applied approach to communication competence without sacrificing the big picture, the philosophical aspects of communication foundational to any introductory class. Its mix of micro- and macro-level concepts, including media literacy, will likely meet the demands of any course curriculum. Students and teachers alike will benefit from the book's easy-to-understand and conversational tone." (Kurt Lindemann, Associate Professor and Basic Course Director, San Diego State University)
"The diverse expertise of the three authors makes for a comprehensive and substantive learning experience for students in the basic communication course. Students are introduced to the discipline in a way that grounds them for future studies in communication. The inclusion of the impact of media and technology in this third edition provides insight into a phenomenon that will continue to influence the ways in which we communicate." (Laura Austin-Eurich, Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)
"The model of communication competence on which the third edition of this textbook is based is one I also have used in my own writings. Morreale, Spitzberg, and Barge effectively discuss the three main contexts in the basic communication course - interpersonal, group, and public speaking-using communication competence as the foundation and unifying framework for this useful textbook." (Pamela Shockley-Zalabak, Chancellor, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)

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