13.1 Understanding Small Groups


  1. Define small group communication.
  2. Discuss the characteristics of small groups.
  3. Explain the functions of small groups.
  4. Compare and contrast different types of small groups.
  5. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of small groups.

Most of the communication skills discussed in this book are directed toward dyadic communication, meaning that they are applied in two-person interactions. While many of these skills can be transferred to and used in small group contexts, the more complex nature of group interaction necessitates some adaptation and some additional skills. Small group communication refers to interactions among three or more people who are connected through a common purpose, mutual influence, and a shared identity. In this section, we will learn about the characteristics, functions, and types of small groups.

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