ERIC Number: ED234441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
How to Teach Small Group Decision-Making in a Basic Business Communication Class. 1981 American Business Communication Association National Committee Report. Unit III. Research and Methodology. Teaching Methodology and Concepts Committee--Subcommittee--3.
American Business Communication Association, Urbana, IL.
College business communication courses should assist students to learn both how small groups make decisions and how to facilitate small group discussions. Through a unit on small group decision making, the student should be able to understand the role of small groups in organizations, the process of decision making in groups, and the importance of evaluating group dynamics. A suggested topic outline may include the fundamentals of small group decision making and the assessment of group characteristics (size of group, background of members, and purpose of group--finding facts, making analysis, drawing conclusions, making recommendations, or making decisions), as well as present small group processes (preparation of members, group techniques, group dynamics, and group maintenance). To meet the demands for group and individual work, teachers may try varied activities such as introduction exercises, mock interviews, simulation activities, field work, library assignments, conference planning, round-table discussions, and brainstorming. (A 38-item annotated bibliography is appended.) (HOD)
Descriptors: Business Education, Class Activities, Course Descriptions, Decision Making, Decision Making Skills, Group Dynamics, Higher Education, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Instruction, Speech Communication, Speech Instruction, Speech Skills, Teaching Methods, Units of Study
American Business Communication Association, 100 English Building, 608 South Wright St., Urbana, IL 61801 ($1.37).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Business Communication Association, Urbana, IL.