The Handbook of Group Communication Theory and Research establishes a central resource for the field, documenting and synthesizing the work done in group communication's 50-year history. With contributions from the most experienced and respected scholars in the field, the editors Lawrence R. Frey, Dennis S. Gouran, and Marshall Scott Poole present an overview of group communication study and examine a variety of theoretical positions and methodological practices.
The volume is divided into six broad areas of communication scholarship:
- Foundations of group communication theory and research
- Individuals and group communication
- Task and relational group communication
- Group communication processes
- Group communication facilitation
- Group communication contexts and applications
The sections serve as a crossroads where various paths pursued in each area meet, summarize and suggest new maps and roads that need to be followed in the future.
Offering a comprehensive history of group communication theory and research, and establishing new conceptual perspectives and research agendas for future group communication scholars, this important resource will be an unrivalled tool for scholars, researchers, educators, practitioners, and students alike.