Effective Group Discussion: Theory and Practice

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McGraw-Hill, Jul 1, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 454 pages
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Written for the small group communication course, Effective Group Discussion combines the most recent research findings relevant to understanding small groups with the practical tools students need to become productive group members. This text's implementation of research and theory in the systems approach framework provide students with a unique understanding of the scholarship in this field. This leading text is about secondary groups of all kinds: work groups, committees, task forces, self-directed work teams, and other small groups whose objectives include finding solutions to problems, producing goods, and creating policies. Gloria Galanes has become the lead author and brings a vast knowledge of computer-mediated group communication and culture that is reflected in this edition.

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"Communication Skills of an Ideal Discussant" indicates the author's belief that discussion is a skill and it can be communicated and learned: Covers types, processes, purposes, preparations, organizing, functions, special techniques, and "observing and evaluating". Read full review

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I am actually in the process of reading the twelfth edition, and coming from little education in relation to communication, I feel this book walks you through the basics in the first three chapters. The fourth discusses the small group as a system, the fifth talks about cultural differences which I personally enjoyed. This has been an enjoyable read, easy to understand and relate to real world experiences. 


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About the author (2003)

Gloria J. Galanes is Associate Professor of Communication and Mass Media at Southwest Missouri St. University and has received the University's Faculty Excellence in Teaching and the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member awards.

John K. Brilhart has written numerous academic and mass market articles, is the author of several texts and is Professor Emeritus of the University of Nebraska.

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