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Now in its fourteenth successful edition, Effective Group Discussioncombines 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.
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. The 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 in Groups: Theoretical Perspectives
Chapter 10. Problem Solving and Decision Making in Groups: Practical Tips and Techniques
Chapter 11. Managing Conflict in the Small Group
Part V: Group Observation and Evaluation 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