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The Communication Discipline

A more complete examination of the route we have traveled in coming from our beginning ... to our present position is well worth the undertaking. ... It will give us a still deeper understanding and appreciation of that position, in the same way that any study of history may provide the basis for a better orientation as an aid in determining the direction we should proceed. (p. 156)

Based on Gray’s premise and the need to provide a context for understanding the diversity of tasks that face the communication educator, this chapter surveys the development of the communication discipline in the United States and then explores its current status in terms of goals and structure.