Group communication pitfalls: overcoming barriers to an effective group experience

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Sage Publications, Sep 8, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 247 pages
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Group Communication Pitfalls: Overcoming Barriers to an Effective Group Experience treats groups and the work involved in grouping as useful tools humans have developed for responding to pressures or demands faced by group members. This book assumes an orientation that expects and detects group pitfalls as they arise, providing students with the foundation for overcoming barriers to effective group experiences. By assuming this orientation, authors John O. Burtis and Paul D. Turman offer readers a map of the group pitfall terrain and demonstrate how people working well together can use the struggle against such pitfalls to improve their groups.

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1 Reasons to Study and Understand Groups
2 Summary of Group Functions
How Grouping and Group Direction Help Create

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John O. Burtis (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is a Professor in the Communication Studies Department at the University of Northern Iowa. He has taught courses in leadership, management, group communication, argumentation, persuasion, and communication theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has been a consultant, trainer, and speaker on related subjects in both the private and public sectors. He has been the director of the Concordia Leadership Center and of the West Central Minnesota Leadership Program and the head of the Communication Studies department at the University of Northern Iowa. He has been the Director of Forensics at Kansas State University and Concordia College, where students in the programs won numerous individual and team championships in speech or debate including more than twenty national championships.

Dr. Paul D. Turman (Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is the Director of Academic Assessment for the South Dakota Board of Regents. Prior to his work with the Regents, Paul was an Associate Professor at the University of Northern Iowa where he taught courses in Introductory Group and Advance Group communication at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests include the examination of group communication variables within athletic teams and an assessment of the role of the coach as a facilitator for effective team interaction. He holds a doctorate in interpersonal communication from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in communication from South Dakota State University.

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