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Using the guiding principle ofbalance,Working in Groups provides readers with practical strategies, built on theory and research, for communicating and working successfully in groups. Looking at bothhow groups workandhow to work in groups, this accessible and user-friendly books givesreaders the tools to apply group communication theories, methods, and skillshelping them become more effective and ethical group members. Comprehensive, up-to-date coverageincludes traditional topics, from development and climate to leadership and problem solving, as well as key contemporary areas such as "team talk," communication apprehension, group goal setting, group motivation, critical thinking and argumentation, and listening.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Group Communication
Study Questions and Chapter Outline Succeeding in Groups
Defining Group Communication
The Nature of Group Communication Types of Groups
Advantages and Disadvantages of Working in Groups Balance: The Guiding Principle of Group Work
Critical Thinking about the Case Study: The Study Group Dilemma
Group Work: It Was the Best of Groups
It Was the Worst of Groups Group Assessment: Essential Group Elements
Study Questions and Chapter Outline
Group Development Stages
Group Norms Characteristics of Effective Groups
about the Case Study: Nice to Meet You
Too Group Work: Classroom Norms
Group Assessment: How Good Is Your Goal?
Group Membership Study Questions and Chapter Outline
Key Terms Critical
Thinking about the Case Study: Taming Tony the Tiger
Group Work: Meeting Member Needs
Group Assessment: Personal Report of Communication
Study Questions and Chapter Outline Heterogeneous Groups Barriers to Understanding
Others Personality Dimensions
Balancing Group Diversity
Critical Thinking about the Case Study: No Offense
Intended Group Work: Identifying Cultural
Dialectics Group Assessment: Group Diversity
Group Leadership Study Questions and Chapter Outline
What Is Leadership?
Leadership and Power
Becoming a Leader Leadership Theories
The 5M Model of Leadership Effectiveness Diversity and Leadership
Critical Thinking about the Case Study: The Leader in Sheeprsquo;s Clothing