In Mixed Company: Communicating in Small Groups / Edition 8

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The market leader for the small group communication course, Rothwell's IN MIXED COMPANY offers students a combination of theory and application, enabling them to apply small group communication concepts not only in class but in their own lives. The text follows the central unifying theme of cooperation, and the communication competence model continues to guide discussions of key small group concepts and processes. The inclusion of systems theory remains a key theoretical component of the text, and the unique focus on power in groups continues to be addressed throughout the text. To encourage critical thinking, the eighth edition has captions to accompany photos and illustrations, and it also offers interactive quizzes related to the visuals.
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"I think this is the best small groups text in the market. . . . It has excellent topical coverage. It is particularly good in its coverage of decision making. It uses clear examples to illustrate points."

"This is a very accessible book for undergraduates . . . It compliments my approach to teaching the course because it provides practical examples that relate to students' lives. Further, it covers just about every topic that could be important to group communication dynamics. So, it is very thorough."

"This book does a great job of exposing the reader to a variety of issues in meaningful and understandable ways. It gives instructors a lot of leeway in how contents can be explored in the classroom and in assignments. It really meets with my goals of giving a comprehensive and applied exposure to small group communication."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111346850
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 234,685
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Dan Rothwell is chair of the Communication Studies Department at Cabrillo College. He has a BA in American History from the University of Portland (Oregon) and an MA and PhD from the University of Oregon. He is the author of three other books: IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS: AN INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION, TELLING IT LIKE IT ISN'T: LANGUAGE MISUSE AND MALPRACTICE, and (with James Costigan) INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: INFLUENCES AND ALTERNATIVES. Dr. Rothwell is currently coauthoring a general psychology textbook with Terry Fetterman and David Douglass, psychology professors at Cabrillo College. During his extensive teaching career, Dr. Rothwell has received a dozen teaching awards.
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Table of Contents

1. Communication Competence in Groups. 2. Groups as Systems. 3. Group Development. 4. Developing the Group Climate. 5. Roles and Leadership in Groups. 6. Developing Effective Teams. 7. Group Discussion: Defective Group Decision Making and Problem Solving. 8. Group Discussion: Effective Decision Making and Problem Solving. 9. Power in Groups: A Central Dynamic. 10. Con?ict Management in Groups. 11. Technology and Virtual Groups.
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