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Group Communication Pitfalls Overcoming Barriers to an Effective Group Experience by John O. Burtis, Paul D. Turman

Group Communication Pitfalls Overcoming Barriers to an Effective Group Experience



Group Communication Pitfalls Overcoming Barriers to an Effective Group Experience by John O. Burtis, Paul D. Turman

This text treats groups and the work involved in grouping as useful tools humans have developed for responding to pressures or demands faced by group members. As these pressures and demands toward grouping arise, the differences between effective and ineffective groups may be small (as they begin to manifest), but they can become very large when measured by final group outcomes. Thus, it is important to be aware of the signs that a group is not doing well and to know how to help a group begin to do better. 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, this book is designed to 1) provide a map of the group pitfall terrain, and 2) demonstrate how people working well together can use the struggle against such pitfalls to improve their groups.


They have done this with a rich, provocative, and creative conceptual vocabulary that will resonate for readers who practice, supervise others
practice, teach about or do research in group life and group work

. -Paul H. Ephross, MSW, PhD, Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work -- Paul H. Ephross * Social Work With Groups *

About the Author

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. Paul D. Turman (PhD, University of Nebraska) is the Vice President for Research & Economic Development for the South Dakota Board of Regents. His scholarly research focuses on the role of communication in the coach-athlete and parent-child relationship within a sport context. Prior to his time with the Board of Regents, he taught courses in communication and sport at the University of Northern Iowa. His scholarly work has been published in journals such as Communication Education, the Journal of Applied Communication Research, the Journal of Family Communication, and Communication Studies.

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Publication date

2nd November 2005


John O. Burtis, Paul D. Turman

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SAGE Publications Inc


264 pages


Social, group or collective psychology
Communication studies



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