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Communicating in Small Groups : Principles and Practices (8TH 06 - Old Edition)by Steven A. Beebe
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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:
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.
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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.
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?
Group and Team Goals
Establishing Mutuality of Concern
Homogeneity and Diversity in Groups
Group Formation over Time
PART II MANAGING GROUP AND TEAM RELATIONSHIPS
CHAPTER FOUR Relating to Others in Groups and Teams
The Development of Group Relationships over Time
CHAPTER FIVE Improving Group Climate
Defensive and Supportive Climates
Interpersonal Confirmation and Disconfirmation
Group Climate and Productivity
CHAPTER SIX 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
CHAPTER SEVEN Managing Conflict
What Is Conflict?
Types of Conflict
Conflict and Diversity in Small Groups
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
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
CHAPTER TWELVE Leadership
What Is Leadership?
Trait Perspective: Characteristics of Effective Leaders
Functional Perspective: Group Needs and Roles
Situational Perspective: Adapting Style to Context
Emergent Leadership in Small Groups
Leadership and Self-Deception in Organizations
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
Planning What to Say to an Audience
Presenting Information to an Audience
What Our Readers Are Saying
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