Effective Group Discussion : Theory and Practice

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  • Edition: 13th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-23
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Combining the most recent research findings with the practical tools students need to become productive group members, this leading text covers 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.

Table of Contents

The Foundations of Communicating in Groups
The Small Groups in Everyone's Life
Human Communication Processes in the Small Group Context
The Small Group as a System
Developing the Group
Diversity and the Effects of Culture
Members and their Roles
Small Group Throughput Processes
Communication and Group Culture: Tensions, Fantasy, Socialization, Norms, and Climate
Leading Small Groups: Theoretical Perspectives
Leading Small Groups: Practical Tips
Improving Group Outputs
Problem Solving and Decision Making: Theoretical Perspectives
Problem Solving and Decision Making: Practical Tips and Techniques
Managing Conflict in the Small Group
Group Evaluation and Observation Tools
Tools for Assessing and Evaluating Groups
Preparing for Problem-Solving Discussions: Informational Resources for the Group
Making Public Presentations of the Group's Output
Author Index
Subject Index
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