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 Synopsis

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.

Group Communication Pitfalls Overcoming Barriers to an Effective Group Experience Press Reviews

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 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781412915342
Publication date: 2nd November 2005
Author: John O. Burtis, Paul D. Turman
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 264 pages
Categories: Social, group or collective psychology, Communication studies,

About John O. Burtis, Paul D. Turman

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 ...

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