Communicating in Small Groups: Pearson New International Edition

Steven A. Beebe / John T. Masterson  
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November 2013
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Known for its wealth of practical, relevant, and up-to-date information, Communicating in Small Groups balances the principles of small group communication with real world applications. With an emphasis on real world examples, technology, and ethical collaboration, the 10th edition of Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices helps students enhance their performance in groups and teams, while giving them insight in to why group and team members communicate as they do.


  • Extensive coverage of critical thinking, reasoning, and fallacies–including the latest research findings about the use of creative methods to solve problems and Case Studies to practice applying the latest research to relevant scenarios–allows students to test some of the best approaches for dealing with all types of situations that arise in a group environment.
  • Excellent discussion of the business world includes examples of business applications, leadership, and meetings to prepare students for group work outside of the classroom.
  • The“Virtual Communication” feature helps students identify applications of collaboration, meetings, groups and teams, and technology.
  • “Collaborating Ethically” feature enables students to connect ethical principles with each aspect of working in groups.
  • Tips for dealing with difficult group and team members give students strategies they can use immediately.
  • Focus on structuring problem-solving discussions provides tools and techniques that help students handle this common group situation effectively.
  • A “Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice” workbookconcludes every chapter to help students apply what they have learned to real-life issues as well as providing instruments to measure their own group’s progress and effectiveness.

New to this Edition

  • New Theory into Practice feature in each chapter demonstrates how students can immediately apply the theoretical principles to enhance their communication skills and life.
  • NEW end of chapter Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice feature reinforces student understanding of core concepts and skills by providing an opportunity to review key chapter concepts and practice applying those concepts.  Students can use the group assessment instruments to measure their group’s progress.
  • Expanded and updated discussion of technology and collaboration appears in every chapter, highlighting the use and impact of virtual groups in small group communication.
  • New material about diversity and group communication better prepares students to adapting and respond to others with different cultural backgrounds.
  • Chapter Case Studies link to key concepts and skills within each chapter so that student can put principles into practice through application and discussion.
  • New and updated references for every chapter highlight the latest insights about communicating in small groups.

Table of Contents







CHAPTER ONE: Introducing Group and Team Principles and Practices 


What Is Small Group Communication?

What is Team Communication?

Theory into Practice: How to Become a Competent Team Member

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Working in Groups and Teams?

Communicating in Different Types of Groups

Communicating in Virtual Groups and Teams

How Can You Become a Competent Small Group Communicator?

The Nine Core Small Group Communication Competencies

Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice


CHAPTER TWO: Small Group Communication Theory 


The Nature of Theory and the Theory-Building Process

Theory: A Practical Approach to Group Communication

The Purpose of Communication in Small Groups: Making Sense

Theoretical Perspectives for the Study of Group and Team Communication

Describing Elements of Group and Team Communication

Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice


CHAPTER THREE: Group Formation

Why Do People Join Groups?

Interpersonal Needs

Individual Goals

Group and Team Goals

Establishing Mutuality of Concern

Interpersonal Attraction

Group Attraction

Homogeneity and Diversity in Groups

Group Formation over Time

Socializing New Group Members

Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice




CHAPTER FOUR: Preparing to Collaborate


Developing a Discussion Plan

Formulating Discussion Questions

Using Logic and Reasoning

Evaluating Evidence in Group Discussion

Using Critical-Analysis Skills: Avoiding Reasoning Fallacies

Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice


CHAPTER FIVE: Relating to Others in Groups and Teams







The Development of Group Relationships over Time


Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice


CHAPTER SIX: Improving Group Climate


Defensive and Supportive Climates

Interpersonal Confirmation and Disconfirmation

Group Cohesiveness

Communication Networks

Group Size

Group Climate and Productivity

Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice


CHAPTER SEVEN: Enhancing Group and Team Communication Skills


Verbal Dynamics in the Small Group


The Importance of Nonverbal Communication in Groups

Applications of Nonverbal Communication Research to Groups and Teams

Functions of Nonverbal Cues in Groups and Teams

Interpreting Nonverbal Communication

Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice


CHAPTER EIGHT: Managing Conflict


What Is Conflict?

Types of Conflict

Conflict and Diversity in Small Groups

Conflict-Management Styles

Collaborative Conflict Management: Principles and Skills

When People Are Not Cooperative: Dealing with Difficult Group Members

Groupthink: Conflict Avoidance

Consensus: Reaching Agreement through Communication

Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice




CHAPTER NINE: Leadership


What Is Leadership?

Trait Perspective: Characteristics of Effective Leaders

Functional Perspective: Group Needs and Roles

Situational Perspective: Adapting Style to Context

Transformational Leadership

Emergent Leadership in Small Groups

Leadership and Self-Deception in Organizations

Leadership Training

Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice


CHAPTER TEN: Making Decisions and Solving Problems


Group Decision Making: Choosing among Alternatives

Group Problem Solving: Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve a Goal

Three Approaches to Group Problem Solving

Cultural Assumptions about Group Problem Solving and Decision Making

Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice


CHAPTER ELEVEN: Using Problem-Solving Techniques  


An Overview of Prescriptive Problem-Solving Strategies

Finding a Balance between Group Structure and Interaction

Reflective Thinking: The Traditional Approach to Group Problem Solving

Question-Oriented Approaches to Problem Solving

Beyond Technique

Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice


CHAPTER TWELVE: Enhancing Creativity in Groups and Teams 


What Is Creativity?

Why Study Creativity?

Myths about Creativity

Barriers to Group and Team Creativity

Principles of Group and Team Creativity

Techniques for Enhancing Group and Team Creativity

Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice  


APPENDIX A: Principles and Practices for Effective Meetings

Giving Meetings Structure

Becoming a Meeting Facilitator: Managing Group and Team Interaction

How to Lead Meetings

How to Participate in Meetings  

Putting Theory into Practice: How to Make a Meeting Better When You’re Not the Meeting Leader

Study Guide: Putting Group Principles into Practice


APPENDIX B: Principles and Practices for Communicating to an Audience  


Panel Discussions

Symposium Presentations

Forum Presentations

Planning What to Say to an Audience

Presenting Information to an Audience