Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices 11th Edition by Steven A. Beebe, ISBN-13: 978-0205980833

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Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices 11th Edition by Steven A. Beebe, ISBN-13: 978-0205980833

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  •  378 pages
  • ISBN-10: 020598083X
  •  ISBN-13: 978-0205980833
  •  Publisher: Pearson; 11th edition (April 11, 2014)
  • Language: English


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Balances the principles of small group communication with real world applications.

With an emphasis on real world examples, technology, and ethical collaboration, Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices helps readers enhance their performance in groups and teams, while giving them insight into why group and team members communicate as they do.


  • Focuses on Critical Thinking – Extensive coverage of critical thinking, reasoning, and fallacies allows students to test some of the best approaches for dealing with all types of situations that arise in a group environment.
  • Offers a Reader-Friendly Narrative – A lively, engaging writing style and clear explanations keep the material manageable for readers.
  • Discusses the Business World – Excellent discussion of the business world includes examples of business applications, leadership, and meetings to prepare students for group work outside of the classroom.
  • Focuses on Ethics – “Collaborating Ethically” feature enables students to connect ethical principles with each aspect of working in groups.


Part I: Foundations of Group Communication

Chapter 1. Introducing Group and Team Principles and Practices

Chapter 2. Understanding Small Group Communication Theory

Chapter 3. Facilitating Group Development

Part II. Managing Group Relationships

Part 4: Preparing to Collaborate

Chapter 5. Relating to Others in Groups

Chapter 6. Improving Group Climate

Chapter 7. Enhancing Basic Communication Skills in Groups

Chapter 8. Managing Conflict

Part III: Managing Group Tasks

Chapter 9. Leading Groups

Chapter 10. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Chapter 11. Using Problem-Solving Techniques

Chapter 12. Enhancing Creativity in Groups

Appendix A. Principles and Practices for Effective Meeting Management

Appendix B. Principles and Practices for Communicating with an Audience

Dr. Steven Beebe is Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies at Texas State University. Dr. Beebe is serving in his 28th year as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies. He has served as Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication for 25 years. He is the author and co-author of twelve books, with most books in multiple editions.  He has authored or co-authored more than 60 articles and book chapters and made more than 150 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.

Steve has been a visiting scholar at both Oxford University and Cambridge University and is a member of the Common Room of Wolfson College, Oxford University.  He has given lectures and presentations in Europe, Australia, Asia, South America and has made 14 trips to Russia where he has been instrumental in establishing the first communication courses there.

Dr. Beebe teaches courses in small group communication, communication training and development, pubic speaking, interpersonal communication and C. S. Lewis. He made international headlines in 2009 when he discovered a manuscript in the Oxford University library that was the opening chapter of a book that was to be co-authored by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.  He teaches a course about C. S. Lewis and Communication at Oxford University.

He was named Outstanding Communication Professor in America by the National Speaker’s Association, and has received the President’s Award for Excellence in Research, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Service—the highest research and service awards at Texas Stat.  Steve was also named Honors Professor of the Year at Texas State.  Steve and his wife Sue were named Outstanding Alumni by their Alma Mater, the University of Central Missouri.  He is currently President of the National Communication Association, the largest professional communication association in the world.  

Dr. John Masterson is Executive Vice President and Provost emeritus of Texas Lutheran University.  He has taught Communication courses for over 30 years and has presented or published dozens of papers and articles as well as four books co-authored with Steven Beebe.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his teaching, his scholarship, and his service.

Prior to his move to Texas, Dr. Masterson served the University of Miami (FL) for 22 years as professor of communication, associate dean of the School of Communication,  dean of the Graduate School of International Studies, and vice provost for Undergraduate Affairs.

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