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The Handbook of Group Communication Theory and Research
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The Handbook of Group Communication Theory and Research

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July 1999 | 613 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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.


Lawrence R Frey
Introduction
 
PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS OF GROUP COMMUNICATION THEORY AND RESEARCH
Dennis S Gouran
Communication in Groups
The Emergence and Evolution of a Field of Study  
Marshall Scott Poole
Group Communication Theory
Edward A Mabry
The Systems Metaphor in Group Communication
Marshall Scott Poole, Joann Keyton and Lawrence R Frey
Group Communication Methodology
Issues and Considerations  
 
PART TWO: INDIVIDUALS AND GROUP COMMUNICATION
Beth Bonniwell Haslett and Jenn Ruebush
What Differences do Individual Differences in Groups Make?
The Effects of Individuals, Culture and Group Composition  
Carolyn M Anderson, Bruce L Riddle and Matthew M Martin
Socialization Processes in Groups
 
PART THREE: TASK AND RELATIONAL GROUP COMMUNICATION
Randy Y Hirokawa and Abran J Salazar
Task-Group Communication and Decision-Making Performance
Joann Keyton
Relational Communication in Groups
 
PART FOUR: GROUP COMMUNICATION PROCESSES
Kathleen Propp
Collective Information Processing in Groups
Sandra Ketrow
Nonverbal Aspects of Group Communication
Renée A Meyers and Dale E Brashers
Influence Processes in Group Interaction
Charles Pavitt
Theorizing about the Group Communication-Leadership Relationship
Input-Process-Output and Functional Models  
Susan Jarboe
Group Communication and Creativity Processes
 
PART FIVE: GROUP COMMUNICATION FACILITATION
Beatrice G Schultz
Improving Group Communication Performance
An Overview of Diagnosis and Intervention  
Sunwolf and David R Seibold
The Impact of Formal Procedures on Group Processes, Members and Task Outcomes
Craig R Scott
Communication Technology and Group Communication
 
PART SIX: GROUP COMMUNICATION CONTEXTS AND APPLICATIONS
Thomas J Socha
Communication in Family Units
Studying the First `Group'  
Terre H Allen and Timothy G Plax
Group Communication in the Formal Educational Context
Rebecca J Welch Cline
Communication in Social Support Groups
Howard H Greenbaum and Jim L Query Jr
Communication in Organizational Work Groups
A Review and Analysis of Natural Work Group Studies  

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