Communicating in Groups: Applications and Skills / Edition 8

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Overview

Communicating in Groups offers a concise, step-by-step introduction to the theory and practice of small group communication and teaches students to develop and apply critical thinking skills in group problem-solving situations. The book continues to synthesize current small group theory and research while presenting the material in a practical and accessible manner for students interested in the dynamics of small group communication. The eighth edition marks the first time two central chapters on communication are integrated into one chapter, capturing key principles of both verbal and non-verbal small group behavior within a new definition of communication. With the firm belief that group participation can be an uplifting, energizing experience, authors Kathy Adams and Gloria Galanes give students the tools they will need to achieve this outcome. Research and theory are presented with a focus on what is important to students—understanding their group experiences and making them effective communicators.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073534275
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 3/21/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 170,527
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine L. Adams is Professor of Speech Communication at California State University, Fresno, where she received a Meritorious Promise and Performance award in 1989. She has served as their Graduate Coordinator since 1989. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Utah under the direction of B. Aubrey Fisher. She has authored four instructor’s manuals in interpersonal and small group communication and most recently, this group communication book with Gloria Galanes. She has published articles in the areas of conversational analysis and interpersonal communication. Currently she is an associate editor for Communication Reports and The Western Journal of Communication. She participates, at all levels, in the Western States Communication Association and Speech Communication Association and teaches in the areas of interpersonal communication, communication theory, small group communication, and research methods.

Gloria J. Galanes is Associate Professor of Communication and Mass Media at Southwest Missouri St. University and has received the University’s Faculty Excellence in Teaching and the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member awards.

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Table of Contents

Adams, Communicating in Groups, 9ePART ONE: Orientation to Small Group SystemsChapter 1: Small Groups as the Heart of SocietyChapter 2: Groups as Structured Open SystemsPART TWO: Foundations of Small Group CommunicatingChapter 3: Communication Principles for Group MembersChapter 4: Using Verbal and Nonverbal Messages in Small Group CommunicationPART THREE: From Individuals to GroupChapter 5: Becoming a GroupChapter 6: Working with Diversity in the Small GroupPART FOUR: Understanding and Improving Group Throughput ProcessesChapter 7: Creative and Critical Thinking in the Small GroupChapter 8: Group Problem-Solving ProceduresChapter 9: Managing Conflicts Productively Chapter 10: Applying Leadership Principles*ONLINE ONLY*: PART FIVE: Small Group Public Presentations Chapter 11: Planning, Organizing, and Presenting Small Group Oral Presentations Appendix A: Techniques for Observing Problem-Solving Groups

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