Jason S. Wrench and Narissra Punyanunt-Carter

4Epistemological approaches to communication competence

Abstract: In this chapter we set out to provide an epistemological overview of the world of communication competence research. We start by examining the notion of “competence” as it has weaved in and out of the writings about communication starting with Grecian ideas and ending with postmodern critical perspectives on the topic. We then attempt to explore the various ways modern scholars have attempted to define and explain what “communication competence” is and how it can be studied. Then using Cone’s (1978) Behavioral Assessment Grid we outline a variety of different issues related to the study of communication competence. Lastly, we explore ...

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