We are convinced that the examination of communication behavior can enrich the lives of students by providing a reflective understanding of practices that occur everyday. We may even be able to help students improve their interpersonal communication skills in some small but important ways. As the knowledge accumulates about interpersonal communication, theories and applications should continue to improve. The information in our textbooks constitutes a relatively accurate portrayal of research, but an incomplete and inconsistent portrayal from book to book. Heeding the call of this chapter and the other chapters in this volume should provide a basis for a general improvement in our instruction of interpersonal communication. Roloff (chap. 22, this volume) makes the case for a scholarship more situated in the lives of our society's members. Berger (chap. 22, this volume) advocates a more basic (proto) theoretical approach that provides the basis for idea unification across the segmented areas of communication scholarship.