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Millar, Dan Pyle 1938-

Works: 17 works in 77 publications in 1 language and 2,550 library holdings
Genres: Handbooks and manuals  Abstracts  Case studies 
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Most widely held works by Dan Pyle Millar
Responding to crisis : a rhetorical approach to crisis communication by Dan Pyle Millar( )

28 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,976 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The consequences of being unprepared to respond quickly, appropriately, and ethically to a crisis are dramatic and well documented. For this reason, crisis consulting and the development of crisis response plans and protocols have become more than a cottage industry. Taking a rhetorical view of crisis events and utterances, this book is devoted to adding new insights to the discussion, and to describing a rhetorical approach to crisis communication
Messages and myths : understanding interpersonal communication by Dan Pyle Millar( Book )

6 editions published between 1976 and 1982 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction to small group discussion by Dan Pyle Millar( Book )

5 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To bring educational research into focus with tested classroom practice, this booklet provides an introduction to small group discussion. The theory and research section discusses the importance of small group discussion, characteristics of small group discussions, group attraction based on Maslow's hierarchy of basic human needs, group decision making, the development of effective groups, and group strengths. Suggesting activities intended to enhance the understanding of these theoretic concepts, the practice section discusses (1) introducing group discussion in the classroom using sociogram and group membership data; (2) defining small group discussions; (3) assessing group attraction via a questionnaire and a group benefit/cost comparison; (4) the process of group decision making using various small group "opinionnaires," two case study problems, and a discussion sequence guide focusing on feedback; (5) developing effective groups using a personal report of communication apprehension, a discussant rating form, self-evaluation of participation, a post-discussion opinionnaire, a discussion of behaviors with normative value, Bales Interaction Process Analysis, an analysis of roles, and a cohesiveness scale; (6) creating several groups to explore various forms of leadership, providing a leadership behavior opinionnaire for the self-assessment of leadership ability, and discussing leadership's function; and (7) evaluating group usefulness. A note to instructors focuses on cooperative learning. Sample opinionnaire forms are included throughout the text. (Jd)
Before crisis hits : building a strategic crisis plan by Larry L Smith( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Divert a crisis before it happens with this proven-to-be-effective plan with the help of the authors from the Institute for Crisis Management. Inside this concise monograph are the essential ingredients of a crisis plan, including communications priorities, sample documents and resources as well as different types of crises and examples of real-life crises and responses
Crisis management and communication : how to gain and maintain control by Dan Pyle Millar( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cinema secrets : special effects by Dan Millar( Book )

8 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cinema secrets to creating special effects
Crisis management and communication : how to gain and maintain control by Robert B Irvine( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploratory study of the effect of varying modes of positive reinforcement on student animation in the beginning speech class by Dan Pyle Millar( )

5 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of this research was to determine if various modes of positive reinforcement can result in the improvement of the beginning speaker's speaking skill. Nine drill sections of a beginning speech course were compared via nonparametric analysis of variance routines. Improvement in gestural skill was ascertained by measuring the differences between pretest and post-test evaluation scores on nine elements of gesturing. Subjects were judged on two dependent measures of gestural skill which yielded a General Evaluation Score and a Physical Performance Score. They were also evaluated before and after being exposed to three modes of positive reinforcement--the Minimum Written Reinforcement condition, the Maximum Reinforcement condition, and the Light On-Set Reinforcement Condition (a flash of light for each acceptable gesture during a performance). It was hypothesized that these three reinforcement conditions would generate different improvement effects--I.E., Maximum Written would show greater change than Minimum Written, and the Light On-Set would show greater change than either written condition. No statistical significance was found in the data, but trends suggest that the theoretic hypothesis is sound and that increased control within an experimental framework would encourage statistical significance in a replication. (Jm)
Should You Become a Teacher?-the Use of Screening Procedures by Dan Pyle Millar( Book )

3 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper presents a screening procedure for potential teachers of speech that encourages self-appraisal and provides an opportunity for the students to remove himself from the program. The author briefly examines past efforts to predict the performance of potential teachers; reviews qualities to be looked for in effective speech teachers; and outlines procedures and instruments for screening candidates for the classroom. (Author/LG)
Balance in the Community College Forensic Program by Dan Pyle Millar( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper suggests a cocurricular forensic program for departments of speech in junior colleges. Because the junior college has a commuting student body, many of the students hold part- or full-time jobs apart from class work, and nearly one student in four is married, the forensic program must show the student postcollege vocational applicability while being an immediately stimulating but not constantly demanding responsibility. It must also be an educationally sound, need-satisfying program which provides for a wide range of student abilities and motivations. Debate/forensics is valuable for the community college student because it provides training in how to think quickly as well as critically, in how to express ideas clearly so that they may be understood and evaluated by others, and in organizing and integrating many arguments coherently. It also develops tolerance for different points of view. Community college forensic programs must have balance in the following areas in order to satisfy the needs of the students, the objectives of the college, and the demands of the community: competitive intercollegiate activities, competitive and nondecision intramural events, and community service in the form of a speakers' bureau. (Sw)
Developing Contingencies The Role of Invention in Framing Arguments for Negotiations in Cross-Cultural Settings by Dan Pyle Millar( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fundamentally, negotiation is a process for making decisions and is rhetorical since it is open to view and to rhetorical constructs. The rhetorical construct related to negotiation is invention, the finding of the materials, the arguments, for the discourse. For cross-cultural negotiation, one must display empathy for the varying cultures, recognize the role of government, understand the decision-making characteristics of other countries, and recognize personal relations and personalities. Futurists can assist in preparing for negotiations by identifying goals to be achieved and strategic pathways to the achievement of those goals. Two forecasting tools that relate to goal- and contingency-creating with applicability to the rhetoric of negotiation are the Relevance Tree and Morphological Analysis. The Relevance Tree method can assist in the determination of several alternative goals for negotiation (the formula), while the Morphological Analysis can assist in creating several pathways to the goals by identifying and incorporating the details. Rhetorical analysis can aid the negotiator in discovering and utilizing arguments not in a fixed, invariant manner leading to bargaining impasse, but to a contingent, flexible plan leading to agreement. (HOD)
Analysis of the Dimensions of Semantic Space of Neutral and Six Pancultural Facial Expressions by Dan Pyle Millar( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For years, researchers have sought to identify facial features and movements that make a difference to an observer when judging emotional displays. One area that has received attention is that of semantic dimensions of facial expressions. Factor analysis has revealed three such dimensions: pleasantness, activity (tension), and control (spontaneity). A study investigated whether the semantic dimensions of pancultural facial expressions configured differently--from one another and within each expression. Subjects were 312 college students who viewed seven slides of actors' faces displaying the emotions of anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise. One slide depicted a neutral expression. As they viewed the slides, the subjects identified the emotion displayed and completed several semantic differential scales associated with the dimensions of pleasantness, activitiy, and control. Anova revealed differences between expressions on the dimensions and between dimensions for each of the expressions. The results support the need for researchers to study different faces and different populations before accepting the proposition that the pancultural expressions have different and stable semantic space configurations. (Fl)
Regression Analysis of Selected Personal Characteristics as Predictors of Small Group Leadership by Dan Pyle Millar( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study explored the potential relationships between communication-relevant personal characteristics (listening ability, tolerance of ambiguity, interpersonal needs, and communication apprehension) and small group leadership. Thirty college students enrolled in a small group communication course completed a battery of instruments measuring each personal variable under study. They then selected themselves into six-person groups that remained intact for an entire semester. Each group was asked to discuss a complex topic using materials from real case studies. Twice during the semester, each group discussed some aspect of the topic in front of the entire class. In addition to their class work, the groups also met outside of class for further discussions. At the end of the semester, each group member was asked to evaluate the other members individually. This evaluation included a ranking of each person's contribution to the completion of tasks and to the group's social atmosphere. Regression analysis revealed a significant correlation between task and socioemotional leadership. Treating socioemotional rank as a predictor variable, communication apprehension appeared as the best predictor of task leadership, with lack of apprehension leading to behavior perceived by others as leadership. Few relationships appeared among the predictor variables and between the predictors and socioemotional leadership. (Fl)
The Relationship Between Rhetorical Sensitivity, Communication Apprehension and the Ability to Decode Nonverbal Cues by Dan Pyle Millar( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Results of research on rhetorical sensitivity suggest that the sensitive person has developed the ability to reach a social context and the others within it and to respond appropriately, while results of research on communication apprehension suggest that high apprehension leads to avoidance of communication situations. If so, then the degree to which people are apprehensive ought to affect the type of rhetorical person they develop into. A study was conducted that hypothesized a relationship between rhetorical sensitivity, communication apprehension, gender, and the ability to decode nonverbal cues. The subjects, 128 students from Indiana State University, were randomly selected from eight sections of Communication 101 during the spring semester of 1984. Subjects were asked to complete two self-report instruments, the Rhetorical Sensitivity Scale (rhetsen) and the revised Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (prca). All participants were also asked to view and complete the Profile of Nonverbal Sensitivity (pons) test. Results showed that to be rhetorically sensitive is to be apprehensive of communication encounters. To be rhetorically insensitive is to be nonapprehensive. Future research should include psychomotor behaviors to determine the relationship between each aspect of learning about communication. (Tables of findings are included). (Df)
Coding Verbal and Nonverbal Messages of Relational Control by Dan Pyle Millar( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arguing that a systems theory can be applied to the description and analysis of families and other close relationships, this paper first describes a method for coding verbal interaction that involves three steps: categorizing messages according to grammatical form and response mode, assigning control directions to those categories, and combining message control directions to form transactional types. The paper then describes the problems and choices involved in developing a method for nonverbal coding. The relational rules and patterns involved in these coding methods are described as indicants of the quality of the relationship. A methodology for integrating the verbal and nonverbal control codes is then presented for identifying and indexing relational patterns. Finally, a case study is used to relate the patterns indexed by integrating the control codes for speaker and listener to system maintenance and entropy. Transcripts of conversations from the case study and extensive tables of data are appended. (Hod)
Testing in Groups A "Real" Exercise in Small Group Problem-Solving by Dan Pyle Millar( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Students in a small group discussion class offered as part of a speech communication curriculum found that testing their knowledge of the theory of the course in small groups was a positive learning experience. Each self-selected test group was made up of three students and was formed at least two class periods prior to the exam. Time was given in class for social interaction, and on the day of the exam, each group received three copies of the test with the instructions that only one copy was to be completed and submitted as the "official exam" of the group. Student reaction to the group testing situation was assessed on an opinionnaire that rated such benefits as learning to work within groups, providing real experiences in group problem solving, studying harder for group tests than for individual tests, and scoring higher on group tests. The group test meets four criteria for effective decision making groups: it fosters the quality of participation to increase available information, it develops a tolerance for conflict, it cancels out individual errors, and it develops an overall positive attitude toward group action. Negative effects are that individually-based graded activities must be incorporated to overcome the effects of high group scores and the impact of the group test decreases with repeated experiences. (AEA)
The Uneducated Educator by Dan Pyle Millar( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although the American work force is generally better educated than ever before, the general productivity of American workers continues to drop. This trend indicates that too many people are unable to cope with the demands placed on them to organize, evaluate, and communicate information to each other. In order to better prepare citizens for life in a fast-paced society, changes in education are necessary. Teaching as a transmission of an organized body of knowledge must be replaced with instruction in the process of organizing knowledge. Since thinking requires language ability, a society shifting from industrial to information production and requiring new educational methods that enhance language ability places a greater burden upon the teacher, both as an instructor and as a model language user. Unfortunately, the most able students on college campuses major in law or engineering or medicine, and many students who prepare to be teachers are not the brightest or the most talented. Whatever the reasons that have been identified as causes for the decline in the quality of students who select teaching as a career, the result is the same: the quality of teaching suffers. (Df)
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Responding to crisis : a rhetorical approach to crisis communication
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Millar, Dan P. 1938-

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