New Directions in Group Communication takes as its mission the setting of the agenda for the study of group communication in the future. It does so by presenting work that scholars have not previously explored in the current small group communication literature. Part I focuses on new theoretical and conceptual directions, both presenting new views and extending current positions. Part II examines new research methodologies, while Part III looks at antecedent factors affecting group communication. Parts IV and V of the text provide insight into both group communication process and practices. Part VI covers different group communication contexts, including communication patterns in top management teams.  

Exploring Consequences of Group Communication in the Classroom: Unraveling Relational Learning

Exploring Consequences of Group Communication in the Classroom: Unraveling Relational Learning

Exploring consequences of group communication in the classroom: Unraveling relational learning
Terre H. Allen Timothy G. Plax California State University, Long Beach

Taking part in small groups is an integral part of contemporary society. Recognizing the importance of participation in groups in the educational context, in particular, researchers have studied extensively the effects of group instruction on learning outcomes (see Allen & Plax, 1999). Despite the inherent value of this research for understanding group processes, scholars interested in group processes outside the classroom have virtually ignored the wealth of empirical findings concerning the use of groups in instructional settings. Similarly, although a number of education scholars note the interpersonal implications of group performance in the classroom, ...

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