Small Group Communication: Definition, Features, and Roles

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What is the primary characteristic that distinguishes a team from a small group?

The level of interdependence among members

What type of talk is focused on raising group pride, identity, and morale?

Consciousness-raising

What is the primary focus of teams' goals?

Outcome-oriented

What is the defining feature of small groups?

Talk

What is the primary characteristic of a team's success?

Collective effort

What is the primary focus of content messages in teams?

Explicit information

What is the primary difference between small groups and teams?

The level of interdependence among members

Which small group format involves a prepared presentation followed by a Q&A segment?

Symposium-forum

What is the primary purpose of idea generation groups?

To generate ideas

What occurs during the brainstorming period proper in idea generation groups?

Generation of as many ideas as possible

What is the primary purpose of focus groups?

To conduct an in-depth group interview

What is the primary goal of encounter groups, a type of personal growth group?

To facilitate members' personal growth and foster their ability to deal effectively with others

What is the primary goal of Consciousness-raising groups?

To assist people in coping with societal problems

What is the third step in the 6-step problem-solving sequence?

Identify possible solutions

Which problem-solving approach involves limited discussion and confidential voting?

Nominal Group Technique

What is the primary activity that occurs during the 'Business' stage of small group development?

The group works on tasks such as problem-solving or information sharing

Which type of group is formed to help one of its members overcome a personal problem?

Intervention group

What is the final stage of small group development?

Closing

Which type of power is gained when a person is respected or admired by others?

Referent Power

What is the result of having both Reward Power and Coercive Power?

Increased influence over others

What is a disadvantage of small groups, where individuals may not contribute equally?

Social loafing

Which type of power is gained by possessing expertise or knowledge?

Expert Power

What is an advantage of small groups, where group members are more committed to decisions?

Increased commitment to decisions

Which type of power is gained when one can communicate logically and persuasively?

Information/Persuasion Power

What is the primary characteristic of a small group according to Mullins (2010)?

Definable membership

What is the purpose of task norms in a small group?

To enable the group to work toward task accomplishment

What is the effect of a change in one part of a small group, as described by the concept of interdependence?

It affects in some way the other parts of the group

What is the difference between primary and secondary features of small groups?

Primary features are related to group size, while secondary features are related to group norms

What is the common purpose that connects individuals in a small group?

Shared goals and objectives

Test your knowledge of small group communication, including the definition and features of small groups, types of groups, and the role of power in group dynamics. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of small groups and how they are formed.

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