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In Mixed Company: Communicating in Small Groups 9th Edition

J. Dan Rothwell

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Overview

IN MIXED COMPANY: COMMUNICATING IN SMALL GROUPS, 9th Edition, combines theory, interactive applications, and current research on small group communication. This resource uses the communication competence model to guide discussions of small group concepts and processes. It includes systems theory as a theoretical component and emphasizes the role of power. This edition integrates business-oriented and workplace examples, surveys, and studies. It expands the discussions of informal group roles; task, maintenance, and disruptive roles; and technology.

J. Dan Rothwell, Cabrillo College

J. Dan Rothwell is chair of the Communication Studies Department at Cabrillo College and the author of four additional books: IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS: AN INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION, TELLING IT LIKE IT ISN'T: LANGUAGE MISUSE AND MALPRACTICE, INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: INFLUENCES AND ALTERNATIVES with James Costigan, and PRACTICALLY SPEAKING. During his extensive teaching career, Dr. Rothwell has received almost two dozen teaching awards, including the 2010 Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology conferred by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Florida State College, and the National Council of Instructional Administrators; the 2010 Cabrillo College “Innovative Teacher of the Year” award; the 2011 National Communication Association “Community College Educator of the Year” award; a 2012 official resolution by the California State Senate acknowledging his excellence in teaching; and the 2014 “Master Teacher” award from the Western States Communication Association. He has a B.A. in American History from the University of Portland (Oregon) as well as an M.A. in Rhetoric and Public Address and a Ph.D. in Communication Theory and Social Influence, both from the University of Oregon.
  • The text's current, comprehensive coverage includes expansive discussions and research on leadership, group roles and member diversity, and group polarization.
  • Lively photos and cartoons bring chapter concepts to life and include captions with related interactive quizzes to help students sharpen their critical thinking skills.
  • The text's unique emphasis on the role of power in small group communication helps students see that power is a central underlying element in small group conflict, teamwork, decision making, problem solving, normative behavior, roles, and leadership.
  • Systems theory-a key theoretical component of the text-equips students with an easy-to-understand conceptual framework for analysis and insights.
  • The comprehensive test bank offers a wealth of questions, include many single-answer multiple choice and standard true/false.
  • Boldfaced terms and an expanded glossary of key terms emphasize key concepts, helping students make the most of their study time.
  • “Closer Look” sections engage students by offering insight into such topics as high school cliques; leadership and team building; contrasting leadership styles; technology and the bias of speed; and Murphy's Law.
  • IN MIXED COMPANY: COMMUNICATING IN SMALL GROUPS, 9A integrates a solid communication competence perspective throughout, providing a clear communication focus that maximizes student understanding.

In Mixed Company: Communicating in Small Groups

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface.
1. Communication Competence in Groups.
2. Groups as Systems.
3. Group Development.
4. Developing the Group Climate.
5. Roles in Groups.
6. Group Leadership.
7. Developing Effective Teams.
8. Group Discussion: Defective Group Decision Making and Problem Solving.
9. Group Discussion: Effective Decision Making and Problem Solving.
10. Power in Groups: A Central Dynamic.
11. Conflict Management in Groups.
12. Technology and Virtual Groups.
Appendix A: Group Oral Presentations.
Appendix B: Critical Thinking Revisited: Arguments and Fallacies.
Glossary.
References.