Communication education is a general term used to encompass two related areas of research: instructional communication and communication education. Instructional communication focuses on connections between communication and learning, such as how instructors speak and act when teaching, and how students respond. Communication education focuses on the teaching of communication as an academic discipline, including topics such as curriculum and assessment. At first, it may seem confusing that communication education refers to both the entire field of study and one of its subfields. In practice, however, the meaning is usually clear from context.
Communication education has been a research focus since the founding of the National Communication Association (NCA) in 1914. With higher education continuing amidst a period of significant change, the need to ...
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