Synopses & Reviews
COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUPS: THEORY, PROCESS, SKILLS expertly balances theory and processes with practical skill development. Drawing on their extensive and varied experience as active researchers, lecturers, and communication consultants, the authors provide students with a clear and comprehensive introduction to the study of small group communication. This well-respected text effectively integrates theory, research, and practice, guiding readers to apply concepts and principles to the process of communication when working as members of a team.
"I will surely adopt the new text because my students have gone on to finish undergraduate and graduate degrees largely because this book made learning communication theory enjoyable for them."
"Overall, the scholarship is excellent for upper-level undergraduate courses and even some graduate courses. Students will appreciate the many website references throughout each chapter."
About the Author
John F. Cragan, Ph.D. (U of Minnesota, 1972), Professor Emeritus, Illinois State University, is currently Adjunct Professor at University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. Dr. Cragan taught small group communication, organizational communication, and applied communication theory at Illinois State University for twenty-seven years. He has co-authored seven other communication textbooks and has over forty professional publications in communication. He has spent the last thirty years training Illinois firefighters in group decision-making. In addition, he has provided small group communication training for a number of Fortune-500 companies, such as State Farm, Caterpillar, Pfizer, Monsanto, and Upjohn.David W. Wright, Ph.D. (Wayne State University, 1969), is Professor Emeritus at Illinois State University. Dr. Wright has co-authored four college textbooks and has over twenty professional publications in communication. He taught small group communication, organizational communication, and persuasion for thirty years at ISU. e has worked with the Detroit Police in group decision-making and has provided corporate training in communication for a number of major companies, such as General Telephone, State Farm, and Illinois Farm Bureau.Chris R. Kasch, Ph.D. (University of Illinois, 1985) is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Dr. Kasch is a communication generalist whose primary interests are in the areas of applied communication theory, teaching, and research. He currently teaches the basic small group communication course as well as online courses such as computer-mediated communication; virtual teams: communication and collaboration, and organizational communication. Kasch is an active author, speaker, and communication consultant who has published widely in diverse aspects of communication studies, presented numerous papers at scholarly meetings, and organized and delivered professional development seminars and workshops in communication for over 20 years. Dr. Kasch is also responsible for directing the multi-section basic course in oral communication at Bradley.
Table of Contents
"The main strengths of this text include superb organization, coverage, and writing. Also, detailed instructor's manual and online component to support teaching and learning are very laudable." "I will surely adopt the new text because my students have gone on to finish undergraduate and graduate degrees largely because this book made learning communication theory enjoyable for them." "Overall, the scholarship is excellent for upper-level undergraduate courses and even some graduate courses. Students will appreciate the many website references throughout each chapter."