Motivation, Knowledge, Skills / 3rd Edition

by Sherwyn P. Morreale (Author) Brian Spitzberg (Author) Kevin Barge (Author)
©2013 Textbook XXVII, 381 Pages


Now in its third edition, Communication: Motivation, Knowledge, Skills (previously Human Communication: Motivation, Knowledge, and Skills) is a textbook for the basic (hybrid) communication course at 2- and 4-year colleges and universities.
Beginning with the premise that all forms of communication can be important, this text helps students develop a framework for choosing communication messages and behaviors that will allow them to communicate competently in any situation. Through a theoretically-based and skills-oriented approach, the text emphasizes the basic themes of motivation, knowledge, and skills across the contexts of interpersonal communication, small group communication, public speaking, and computer-mediated communication and mass communication. Building on the success of the first two editions, this third edition is unique in that it:
– Features the collaborative work of three recognized experts in the communication discipline, each of whom is a specialist in one of the three areas covered in the hybrid iteration of the basic communication course: Interpersonal communication, Brian H. Spitzberg; Small group communication, J. Kevin Barge; Public speaking, Sherwyn P. Morreale.
– Offers a unified approach to the basic processes of human communication based on a communication competence model pioneered by Brian H. Spitzberg.
– Includes extensive coverage of mediated competence and mass communication.
In addition to theoretically based but accessible content, all chapters have features designed to enhance teaching and learning. These include the story of a student experience that opens each chapter and is discussed and used to illustrate the chapter’s content; tables and boxes related to important topics presented to intrigue student readers and «lock in learning»; self-assessment tools students can use to evaluate their own motivation, knowledge, and skills related to real-world situations; and knowledge-building discussion questions and competence activities for home assignments or in-class groups at the conclusion of each chapter.
A new Test Bank to accompany the third edition is available to instructors as a free PDF. Please email customerservice@plang.com to obtain a copy of this highly valid and reliable assessment resource. In addition, the lead author, Sherwyn Morreale, is happy to participate in a Q&A session with students via a video call every semester that the book is used. To arrange this, please email the author directly at smorreal@uccs.edu


XXVII, 381
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2013 (March)
framework behaviors situation
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 381 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Sherwyn P. Morreale (Author) Brian Spitzberg (Author) Kevin Barge (Author)

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.


Title: Communication