Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices / Edition 8

Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices / Edition 8

by Steven A. Beebe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0205449565

ISBN-13: 9780205449569

Pub. Date: 01/07/2005

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

Now in its seventh edition, this book provides readers with a careful balance of theory, applications, and skills. This new edition includes expanded coverage of teams and teamwork, ethical collaboration, using technology in groups and teams, as well practical tools, techniques and principles to enhance problem-solving and decision-making. Expanded coverage of

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Now in its seventh edition, this book provides readers with a careful balance of theory, applications, and skills. This new edition includes expanded coverage of teams and teamwork, ethical collaboration, using technology in groups and teams, as well practical tools, techniques and principles to enhance problem-solving and decision-making. Expanded coverage of critical thinking methods that include the latest research findings. The authors have provided enhanced coverage and examples of business applications, ethics, as well as more significant coverage of leadership and meetings. Research and technology, including group and team deliberation and Internet research, give the reader the most current information available for these evolving topics. A text-specific website, http://awlonline.com/beebe supports the text with activities, links, and other aids related to small group communication, as well as an online Study Guide. Anyone interested in small group communication issues

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205449569
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date:
01/07/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

All chapters end with “Putting Principles into Practice” and “Practice” features.

1. Introducing Group and Team Principles and Practices.
What Is Small Group Communication?
The Importance of Teams.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Working in Groups and Teams.
Types of Small Groups.
Me Versus We: An Obstacle to Collaboration in Groups and Teams.
Becoming a Competent Small Group Communicator.
An Introduction to Group-Solving Competencies.

2. Small Group Communication Theory.
The Nature of Theory and the Theory-Building Process.
Theory: A Practical Approach to Group Communication.
A Case Study.
The Purpose of Communication in Small Groups: Reducing Uncertainty.
Theoretical Perspectives for the Study of Small Group Communication.
New Technologies and Small Group Communication Theory.
Describing Elements of Group and Team Communication.

3. Group Formation.
Why Do People Join Groups?
Individual Goals.
Group Goals.
A Case Study.
Establishing Mutuality of Concern.
Interpersonal Attraction.
Group Attraction.
Homogeneity and Diversity in Groups.
Group Formation Over Time.

4. Relating to Others in Small Groups.
Roles.
Norms.
Culture.
A New and Growing Culture: Persons with Disabilities.
Status.
Power.
Trust.
The Development of Group Relationships over Time.

5. Improving Group Climate.
A Case Study.
Defensive Communication.
Defensive and Supportive Climates.
Interpersonal Confirmation and Disconfirmation.
Listening.
Verbal Dynamics in the Small Group.
Group Cohesiveness.
Communication Networks.
Group Size.
Group Climate and Productivity.

6. Nonverbal Group Dynamics.
The Importance of Nonverbal Communication in Groups.
Applications of Nonverbal Communication Research to Groups and Teams.
Functions of Nonverbal Cues in Groups and Teams.
Culture and Nonverbal Communication.
Gender and Nonverbal Communication.
Interpreting Nonverbal Communication.

7. Preparing for Discussion.
Developing a Discussion Plan.
Formulating Discussion Questions.
Using Electronic Resources and the Library.
Using Logic and Reasoning.
Using Evidence in Group Discussion.
Using Critical Analysis Skills: Avoiding Reasoning Fallacies.

8. Making Decisions and Solving Problems.
Group Decision Making: Choosing Among Alternatives.
Group Problem Solving: Overcoming Obstacles to Achieving a Goal.
Three Approaches to Group Problem Solving.
Cultural Assumptions About Group Problem Solving and Decision Making.

9. Using Problem-Solving Techniques.
An Overview of Prescriptive Problem-Solving Strategies.
Reflective Thinking: The Traditional Approach to Group Problem Solving.
Brainstorming: A Creative Approach to Generating Ideas for Problem Solving.
Question-Oriented Approaches to Problem Solving.

10. Managing Conflict.
What Is Conflict?
Conflict and Diversity in Small Groups.
Conflict Management Styles.
Cooperative Conflict Management: Principles and Skills.
When People Are Not Cooperative: Dealing with Difficult Group Members.
Groupthink: Conflict Avoidance.
Consensus: Reaching Agreement Through Communication.

11. Leadership.
What Is Leadership?
Trait Perspective: Characteristics of Effective Leaders.
Functional Perspective: Group Needs and Roles.
Situational Perspective: Adapting Style to Context.
Transformational Leadership.
Emergent Leadership in Small Groups.
Leadership Training.

12. Improving Productivity in Groups and Teams.
Principles and Practices of Improving Work Quality.
Principles and Practices of Effective Meetings.
Principles and Practices of Using Technology in Groups and Teams.

Appendix: Communicating to an Audience.
Panel Discussions.
Symposium Presentations.
Forum Presentations.
Planning What to Say to an Audience.
Presenting Information to an Audience.

Glossary.

Index.

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