In Mixed Company: Communicating in Small Groups, 8th Edition
- J. Dan Rothwell Cabrillo College
- ISBN-10: 1111346852 | ISBN-13: 9781111346850
- 528 Pages
- Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2004
- © 2013 | Published
- Newer Edition Available
The market leader for the small group communication course, Rothwell’s IN MIXED COMPANY offers students a combination of theory and application, enabling them to apply small group communication concepts not only in class but in their own lives. The text follows the central unifying theme of cooperation, and the communication competence model continues to guide discussions of key small group concepts and processes. The inclusion of systems theory remains a key theoretical component of the text, and the unique focus on power in groups continues to be addressed throughout the text. To encourage critical thinking, the eighth edition has captions to accompany photos and illustrations, and it also offers interactive quizzes related to the visuals.
1. Communication Competence in Groups.
2. Groups as Systems.
3. Group Development.
4. Developing the Group Climate.
5. Roles and Leadership in Groups.
6. Developing Effective Teams.
7. Group Discussion: Defective Group Decision Making and Problem Solving.
8. Group Discussion: Effective Decision Making and Problem Solving.
9. Power in Groups: A Central Dynamic.
10. Conﬂict Management in Groups.
11. Technology and Virtual Groups.
"I think this is the best small groups text in the market. . . . It has excellent topical coverage. It is particularly good in its coverage of decision making. It uses clear examples to illustrate points."— Lawrence Hosman, University of Southern Mississippi
"This is a very accessible book for undergraduates . . . It compliments my approach to teaching the course because it provides practical examples that relate to students’ lives. Further, it covers just about every topic that could be important to group communication dynamics. So, it is very thorough."— Brian Richardson, University of North Texas
"This book does a great job of exposing the reader to a variety of issues in meaningful and understandable ways. It gives instructors a lot of leeway in how contents can be explored in the classroom and in assignments. It really meets with my goals of giving a comprehensive and applied exposure to small group communication."— John Howard III, East Carolina University
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The Instructor’s Manual contains resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of course preparation. This helpful manual includes suggestions for developing a course syllabus, chapter outlines, class-tested activities and exercises, technology resources, test items, and assessment tests. Each chapter includes a chapter outline; a list of key terms with definitions; suggestions for individual, group, and class activities; and true/false, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and essay test items. The activities provide innovative ways to present relevant concepts in each chapter; they include group projects, out-of-class assignments, role plays, lecture ideas, and audiovisual suggestions.
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