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Communicating in Groups and Teams

Strategic Interactions (Fourth Edition)
Joann Keyton and Stephenson Beck
©2018, 242 pages
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    Rooted in scholarly research from diverse disciplines, Communicating in Groups and Teams: Strategic Interactions explains group communication concepts through clear examples based on representative group interactions. Rather than pure expository text, the book features dialogue to demonstrate how group dynamics unfold.

    Early chapters describe the importance of groups and teams, and how communication is integral to these social forms. The book then describes and explains the core processes for which each group member is responsible, such as sharing information and managing conflict. The final chapter guides students through participating in, navigating, and facilitating group interactions. The book uses a wide range of group types – such as student problem-solving groups, organizational work teams, health care teams, family groups, community groups, and sports teams – to illustrate concepts and present skills grounded in research and theory.

    Each chapter includes a “Theory Stand-out” that closely examines the theory-research link, a message and meaning section that analyzes transcripts of authentic interactions, and skill-building exercises and activities that allow students to apply what they are learning. Successfully combining both academic and real-world understandings of communication, and featuring engaging content and examples, the book is ideal for communication courses, particularly those with business applications.

    Joann Keyton earned her Ph.D. in communication and business administration at The Ohio State University. Dr. Keyton is a professor of communication at North Carolina State University, where she teaches courses in research methods and in group and organizational communication. She is a founder of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research and editor of Small Group Research.
    Stephenson Beck holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Kansas, Lawrence and is an associate professor of communication at North Dakota State University. Dr. Beck has published articles in the Small Group Research, Group Dynamics, and Communication Studies.
    Cognella Active Learning is available for this title! Adopting instructors can provide students with dynamic online learning activities that reinforce key concepts from the text, provide engaging educational experiences, and support various learning styles.

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    The Cognella Active Learning content for Communicating in Groups and Teams: Strategic Interactions includes:

    • 9 sets of interactive flashcards that covers key terms and concepts for every chapter
    • 9 quizzes, one for ever Active Learning module, including 59 auto-graded questions on group communication in various settings
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    Adopting instructors will receive a test bank featuring over 300 individual questions and 27 unique question sets, and 9 PowerPoint presentations, one for each chapter of the text.
    "An excellent approach to small group communication pedagogy, using a combined theoretical and applied perspective to help students’ master a discipline that will be critical to their academic and professional success.”
    Michael P. Pagano, Associate Professor of Communications, Fairfield University

    “One of the greatest strengths is the authors’ ability to describe complex communication journal articles and books in ways that are easily interpreted by undergraduates. As the authors describe these studies and move from very academic based language to the language that is appropriate for undergraduate students, nothing is lost. They do a great job of keeping the material accurate and succinct while still writing in a way that students can readily consume.”
    Tennley A. Vik, Assistant Professor of Communication, Emporia State University