ERIC Number: ED366019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Communication Styles and Problem Solving: An Introductory Small Group Communication Class.
Wambach, Julie Ann
Frustrated with existing approaches to teaching introductory small group communication, an instructor developed a systematic approach called Group Problem Solving through Communication Styles. Assumptions underlying the course are that the small group communication class is a general education course (it may be the only communication class taken by undergraduate students); and whatever college students learn in the introductory small group communication class must be useful in other personal, professional, and community settings. Five elements comprise the approach: (1) students identify their own and others' unique approach to group work through communication styles; (2) the theory of group communication of the course uses a structural-function approach; (3) case studies are used to make the practice lifelike; (4) a problem solving cycle is tied to communication styles; and (5) organized meetings procedures help facilitate the problem solving cycle. Five weeks are spent on learning and teaching a portion of the theory, and the remaining 11 weeks of the semester focus on the full problem solving cycle. Evaluation includes written tests, group work, written problem solving analysis reports, participation grades, and attendance. (A figure, a fictional case study, a list and brief description of case studies, and a possible semester schedule are included.) (Contains 20 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Styles; Small Group Communication; Speech Communication Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).