Effective Group Discussion: Theory and Practice / Edition 14

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Overview

Now in its fourteenth successful edition, Effective Group Discussion combines the most recent research findings and practical tools students need to become productive group members. A variety of secondary groups are covered in the text: work groups, committees, task forces, self-directed work teams, and other small groups whose objectives include finding solutions to problems, producing goods, and creating policies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073534343
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 2/17/2012
  • Edition number: 14
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 107,386
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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.

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Table of Contents


Part I: The Foundations of Communicating in Groups
Chapter 1. The Small Groups in Everyone's Life
Chapter 2. Human Communication Processes in the Small Group Context
Chapter 3. The Small Group as a System
Part II: Developing the Group
Chapter 4. Diversity and the Effects of Culture
Chapter 5. Members and their Roles
Part III: Small Group Throughput Processes
Chapter 6. Communication and Group Culture: Tensions, Fantasy, Socialization, Norms, and Climate
Chapter 7. Leading Small Groups: Theoretical Perspectives
Chapter 8. Leading Small Groups: Practical Tips
Part IV: Improving Group Outputs
Chapter 9. Problem Solving and Decision Making: Theoretical Perspectives
Chapter 10. Problem Solving and Decision Making: Practical Tips and Techniques
Chapter 11. Managing Conflict in the Small Group
Part V: Group Evaluation and Observation Tools
Chapter 12. Tools for Assessing and Evaluating Groups
Appendix A: Preparing for Problem-Solving Discussions: Informational Resources for the Group
Appendix B: Making Public Presentations of the Group's Output
Glossary
Author Index
Subject Index
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