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Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices, 9/e

Steven A. Beebe, Texas State University - San Marcos

John T. Masterson, Texas Lutheran University

 

Are you looking for balance?

 

Known for its wealth of relevant, practical, and up-to-date information, Communicating in Small Groups provides a balance of principles and applications of group communication. With emphasis on teamwork, technology, and ethical collaboration, the 9th edition of Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practiceshelps you enhance your performance in groups and teams, while also giving you insight into why group and team members communicate as they do.

 

In addition to theextensive coverage of critical thinking, reasoning, and fallacies and an excellent discussion of the business world, the 9th edition includes these new and exciting features:

  • New four-color design grabs and maintains your attention while enhancing your overall learning experience.
  • New or updated case studies in every chapter give you the opportunity to practice applying principles through application and discussion.
  • Revised and expanded coverage of technology highlights the use and impact of virtual groups in small group communication.
  • New material about diversity and group communication helps you understand the challenges and opportunities presented by working with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • New Group Assessment instruments reinforce your understanding of core concepts and skills.

 

What Reviewers Are Saying About Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices:

 

“The strength of the text is its balance. In my estimation, it is a fine and balanced text for developing team communication and leadership skills in undergraduates.” — Douglas F. Threet, Evergreen Valley College

 

“One of the strengths of the book is the pedagogical aids…The book was written by experienced teachers who understand that breaking a chapter into digestible pieces helps students master the material.” — Alan C. Lerstrom, Luther College

 

 “Special strengths [of this text] are the “Review” sections and “Cutting Edge Theory” boxes. I also appreciate the information on technology, ethics, and creativity.” — Lynnea McHenry, Hawkeye Community College

 

Book News Annotation:

This textbook describes communication principles and practices for making collaborative work in the group setting more productive and enjoyable. Beebe (Texas State University) and Masterson (Texas Lutheran University) define nine core small group communication competencies, and discuss the group climate, managing conflict, problem solving, decision making, and leadership. The eighth edition adds a chapter on group and team creativity.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Known for its wealth of relevant, practical, and up-to-date information, Communicating in Small Groups continues 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 Practices helps students enhance their performance in groups and teams while also giving them insight as to why group and team members communicate as they do.

Synopsis:

Praise for Beebe & Masterson's Communicating in Small Groups

“While covering communication in small groups, the text does a nice job of balancing group processes and group theory. By incorporating emphases on diversity, ethics, logic, and critical thinking also, this text broadly serves its users.”

Dr. Rock Doddridge, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

“The combination of a straightforward writing style, attention to theory, and concern for practice make this a very accessible and useful book for undergraduate students.”

Daniel Modaff, Ohio University

“The hands on exercises are important for helping students apply the theory to reality.”

Valerie Manno Giroux, University of Miami

“The book is well written, filled with valuable conclusions from research, and addressed central concerns in an interesting way.”

Robert D. Harrison, Gallaudet University

“ The book covers concepts and theories well without overwhelming students with concepts they won't need in a first-level course.”

Mary-Jo Popovici, Monroe Community College

“The ethical questions raised throughout the book really add a lot. The critical thinking material is the best I have seen in any group text.”

Marshall Scott Poole, Texas A&M University

“ There is an appropriate balance between recognizing that decision making and problem solving are distinct processes, while also realizing that they have essential elements in common.”

Thomas G. Endres University of St. Thomas

“I'm especially pleased to see an entire chapter devoted to diversity rather than writing a paragraph at the end of the book that no one would read.”

Karen M. Coffey, Monroe Community College

Table of Contents

PART I FOUNDATIONS OF GROUP AND TEAM COMMUNICATION

 

CHAPTER ONE 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?

What Are the Different Types of Small Groups?

What Is Virtual Small Group Communication?

How Can You Become a Competent Small Group Communicator

The Nine Core Small Group Communication Competencies

 

CHAPTER TWO Small Group Communication Theory

The Nature of Theory and the Theory-Building Process

Theory: A Practical Approach to Group Communication

The Purpose of Communication in Small Groups: Making Sense

Theoretical Perspectives for the Study of Group and Team Communication

Describing Elements of Group and Team Communication

 

CHAPTER THREE 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

Group Re-Formation

 

PART II MANAGING GROUP AND TEAM RELATIONSHIPS

 

CHAPTER FOUR Relating to Others in Groups and Teams

Roles

Norms

Status

Power

Trust

The Development of Group Relationships over Time

 

CHAPTER FIVE Improving Group Climate

Defensive and Supportive Climates

Interpersonal Confirmation and Disconfirmation

Group Cohesiveness

Communication Networks

Group Size

Group Climate and Productivity

 

CHAPTER SIX Enhancing Group and Team Communication Skills

Verbal Dynamics in the Small Group

Listening

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

 

CHAPTER SEVEN Managing Conflict

What Is Conflict?

Types of Conflict

Conflict and Diversity in Small Groups

Conflict-Management Styles

Collaborative Conflict Management: Principles and Skills

When People Are Not Cooperative: Dealing with Difficult Group Members

Groupthink: Conflict Avoidance

Consensus: Reaching Agreement through Communication

 

PART III MANAGING GROUP AND TEAM TASKS

 

CHAPTER EIGHT Preparing to Collaborate

Developing a Discussion Plan

Formulating Discussion Questions

Using Logic and Reasoning

Evaluating Evidence in Group Discussion

Using Critical-Analysis Skills: Avoiding Reasoning Fallacies

 

CHAPTER NINE Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Group Decision Making: Choosing among Alternatives

Group Problem Solving: Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve a Goal

Three Approaches to Group Problem Solving

Cultural Assumptions about Group Problem Solving and Decision Making

 

 

CHAPTER TEN Using Problem-Solving Techniques

An Overview of Prescriptive Problem-Solving Strategies

Finding a Balance between Group Structure and Interaction

Reflective Thinking: The Traditional Approach to Group Problem Solving

Question-Oriented Approaches to Problem Solving

Beyond Technique

 

CHAPTER ELEVEN Enhancing Creativity in Groups and Teams

What Is Creativity?

Why Study Creativity?

Myths about Creativity

Barriers to Group and Team Creativity

Principles of Group and Team Creativity

Techniques for Enhancing Group and Team Creativity

Brainstorming

 

CHAPTER TWELVE Leadership

What Is Leadership?

Trait Perspective: Characteristics of Effective Leaders

Functional Perspective: Group Needs and Roles

Situational Perspective: Adapting Style to Context

Transformational Leadership

Emergent Leadership in Small Groups

Leadership and Self-Deception in Organizations

Leadership Training

 

APPENDIX A Principles and Practices for Effective Meetings

Giving Meetings Structure

Becoming a Meeting Facilitator: Managing Group and Team Interaction

How to Lead Meetings

How to Participate in Meetings

Putting Principles into Practice

 

APPENDIX B Principles and Practices for Communicating to an Audience

Panel Discussions

Symposium Presentations

Forum Presentations

Planning What to Say to an Audience

Presenting Information to an Audience

 

Glossary

Notes

Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780205449569
Author:
Beebe, Steven A.
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon
Author:
Masterson, John Manno
Author:
Beebe, Steven A.
Author:
Masterson, John
Author:
Masterson, John T.
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Group Psychology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
8
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
MyCommunicationKit Series
Publication Date:
December 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.18x7.60x.71 in. 1.39 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Known for its wealth of relevant, practical, and up-to-date information, Communicating in Small Groups continues 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 Practices helps students enhance their performance in groups and teams while also giving them insight as to why group and team members communicate as they do.

"Synopsis" by , Praise for Beebe & Masterson's Communicating in Small Groups

“While covering communication in small groups, the text does a nice job of balancing group processes and group theory. By incorporating emphases on diversity, ethics, logic, and critical thinking also, this text broadly serves its users.”

Dr. Rock Doddridge, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

“The combination of a straightforward writing style, attention to theory, and concern for practice make this a very accessible and useful book for undergraduate students.”

Daniel Modaff, Ohio University

“The hands on exercises are important for helping students apply the theory to reality.”

Valerie Manno Giroux, University of Miami

“The book is well written, filled with valuable conclusions from research, and addressed central concerns in an interesting way.”

Robert D. Harrison, Gallaudet University

“ The book covers concepts and theories well without overwhelming students with concepts they won't need in a first-level course.”

Mary-Jo Popovici, Monroe Community College

“The ethical questions raised throughout the book really add a lot. The critical thinking material is the best I have seen in any group text.”

Marshall Scott Poole, Texas A&M University

“ There is an appropriate balance between recognizing that decision making and problem solving are distinct processes, while also realizing that they have essential elements in common.”

Thomas G. Endres University of St. Thomas

“I'm especially pleased to see an entire chapter devoted to diversity rather than writing a paragraph at the end of the book that no one would read.”

Karen M. Coffey, Monroe Community College

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