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Overview

Written for the small group communication course, Effective Group Discussion combines the most recent research findings relevant to understanding small groups with the practical tools students need to become productive group members. This text's implementation of research and theory in the systems approach framework provide students with a unique understanding of the scholarship in this field. This leading text is about secondary groups of all kinds: 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: 9780072315684
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/27/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

John K. Brilhart has written numerous academic and mass market articles, is the author of several texts and is Professor Emeritus of the University of Nebraska.

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 1: Introduction to the Study of Small Groups

Chapter 1. The Small Groups in Everyone’s Life

Chapter 2. The Small Group as a System

Part 2: The Foundations of Communicating in Groups

Chapter 3. Human Communication Processes in Small Groups

Chapter 4. Verbal and Nonverbal Signals in Small Group Communication

Chapter 5. The Effects of Culture on Small Group Communication

Part 3: Developing the Small Group

Chapter 6. The Members

Chapter 7. From Individual to Group: Norms and Roles

Chapter 8. From Individuals to Group: Fantasy and Cohesiveness

Chapter 9. Perspective on Leadership in Small Groups

Chapter 10. Serving as Designated Leader

Part 4: Effective Problem Solving in the Small Group

Chapter 11. Problem solving Discussion

Chapter 12. Decision Making in Small Groups

Chapter 13. Managing Conflict in the Small Group

Part 5: Group Discussion and Observation Techniques

Chapter 14. Special Discussion Techniques and Methods

Chapter 15. Observing Group Discussions

Appendix A: Making Public Presentations of the Group’s Output

Appendix B: Informational Resources for the Group
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