About the Book
To communicate effectively in groups and teams, students must understand their relationships with other members, and how those relationships influence the tasks and activities that the groups and teams undertake. This text emphasizes the necessary skills in building and maintaining strong group relationships in order to problem solve and make decisions " the essence of group work.
- Putting the Pieces Together: The five core elements in defining a group - group size, interdependence of members, group identity, group goals, group structure - are used as a structure for evaluating group effectiveness. These elements are introduced in chapter one and integrated in every chapter as a special feature.
- Skills grounded in solid research base. Functional theory is used as a framework to evaluate decision-making procedures.
- Assessing Your Skills: This box feature, found in every chapter, helps students learn more about their own communication style and how their style influences the group's interaction.
- Skill Builders and Mastering Group Skills: These box features, integrated throughout the text, provides the opportunity for students to test and develop their skills.
- Extensive use of realistic examples: In addition to describing what is happening in a group with the use of extensive examples, this text provides dialogues of group interaction so students can see the process unfold.
- A wide range of group types: The text also speaks to students' experiences by providing information about a wide variety of groups - family and social groups, work teams and high-performance work groups, civic and community groups, discussion and decision-making groups.
New to this Edition
- Updated research: The literature has been thoroughly updated, drawing from recent interdisciplinary group theory and research.
- Focus on relational and task dimensions of groups: The text emphasizes that all groups, decision making or social, have both relational and task dimensions. A new section in Chapter 2 introduces both types of messages to students.
- Emphasis on Diversity: Material from the second edition chapter on diversity has been expanded upon, and blended into each chapter where appropriate to underscore for students the many ways that diversity influences group interaction.
- Communication competence: A reframing of chapter 5 includes concise and useful material on the characteristics of the ideal group member.
- Putting It All Together: A short section has been added after the final Chapter 12, with two case studies which help to bring the material presented in the book into focus. Students can test their ideas about the ways in which the many elements of group interaction"relationship building, decision-making, conflict resolution, leadership, and more"are simultaneously occurring in a group setting
Instructor"s Manual to accompany Communicating in Groups (11/06) Companion Website