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ERIC Number: EJ883958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
Habermas to the Rescue
Gareis, Elisabeth
Business Communication Quarterly, v73 n2 p166-175 2010
Group work is an integral part of many courses in business communication programs. Benefits are numerous: Students can develop projects more comprehensively, hone their interpersonal skills, be exposed to other points of view, gain insight into group dynamics, and become prepared for teamwork in their careers. Nevertheless, students often report negatively on their group experiences, citing process problems or personal difficulties. To address these issues, the author has found a two-pronged approach successful. The approach combines Habermas' ideal speech situation theory with strategies borrowed from cooperative-learning methodology. In this article, the author illustrates how such approach can help students to be aware of their weaknesses concerning group participation and how these weaknesses can be successfully addressed in the classroom. The author also shows how Habermas' theory and communication objectives together create a common ground and sense of culture that is beneficial for group effectiveness. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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