Communicating in Small Groups Principles and Practices (with What Every Student Should Know About Researching Online)

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2004-12-21
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Known for its wealth of relevant, practical, and up-to-date information, Communicating in Small Groupscontinues to provide a balance of principles and applications of group communication. With additional emphasis on teamwork, technology, and ethical collaboration, Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practiceshelps students enhance their performance in groups and teams while also giving them insight as to why group and team members communicate as they do.

Table of Contents

Foundations of Group and Team Communication
Introducing Group and Team Principles and Practices
What Is Small Group Communication?
What about Teams
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Working in Groups and Teams?
Me Verses We
Types of Small Groups
What is Virtual Small Group Communication?
How Can You Become a Competent Small Group Communicator
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: Making Sense
Theoretical Perspectives for the Study of Group and Team Communication
New Technologies and Small Group Communication Theory
Describing Elements of Group and Team Communication
Group Formation
Why Do People Join Groups?
Interpersonal Needs
Individual Goals
Group and Team Goals
Establishing Mutuality of Concern
Interpersonal Attraction
Group Attraction
Homogeneity and Diversity in Groups
Group Formation over Time
Managing Group and Team Relationships
Relating to Others in Small Groups
The Development of Group Relationships over Time
Gender and Communication
Improving Group Climate
A Case Study
Defensive Communication
Defensive and Supportive Climates
Interpersonal Confirmation and Disconfirmation
Group Cohesiveness
Communication Networks
Group Size
Group Climate and Productivity.
Enhancing Group and Team Communication Skills
Verbal Dynamics in the Small Group
The Importance of Nonverbal Communication in Groups
Applications of Nonverbal Communication Research to Groups and Teams
Functions of Nonverbal Cues in Groups and Teams
Interpreting Nonverbal Communication
Managing Conflict
What Is Conflict?
Types of 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
Preparing to Collaborate
Developing a Discussion Plan
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