Small Group Communication Theory

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Small Group Communication Theory Task 1 • Social Exchange Theory. A description of human relationships in terms of costs and rewards or profits and losses. A Social Exchange Theory can describe as exchanges between two or more people who mutually give and receive what is needed. • System Theory. A theory that describes group behavior in terms of input, processes, and output. A System Theory is inputs that are what you put into a system and outputs are results obtained after the process. • Symbolic Convergence Theory. The theory that a group develops a shared consciousness and identity through the sharing of fantasies or stories, which are often chained together and common theme. Symbolic Convergence Theory focuses on how groups communicate with each other and shares stories to create fantasies. • Structuration Theory. A general framework that explains how people use rules and resources to interact in a social system. Structuration Theory is where groups follow particular rules in their interactions that produce some sort of outcome. • Functional Theory. How communication in groups promotes appropriate consequences-sound reasoning, critical thinking, the prevention of errors, and the building of productive relationships among group members. Functional Theories is the communication as the tool for group members to use to solve problems and make decisions. Task 2 I believe that the systems theory has the highest because it is open to and interacts with their environments. This theory focuses on the arrangement of relations between the parts in which connect them into a whole. The concept of systems is system environment boundaries, input, output, process, state, goal directedness and information. Structuration theory is the highest predictive function because the groups act according to the rules they set to achieve their goals and with
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