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Joining Together : Group Theory and Group Skills

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Edition:
7th
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9780205308590

ISBN10:
0205308597
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/1/1999
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PRENTICE HALL
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Summary

This best-selling text is a broad, integrative overview of group dynamics. It introduces readers to the theory and research findings needed to understand how to make groups effective, and it helps build the skills required to apply that knowledge in practical situations. More than a textbook, Joining Together illustrates how this knowledge and mastery of skills creates choices, opportunities, and successes for each individual. No competing text offers the scope of coverage and the range of experiential exercises of Joining Together.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Group Dynamics
3(46)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
3(1)
Group Dynamics and Me
4(1)
The Importance of Groups
5(7)
How to Create an Effective Group
12(4)
What Is a Group?
16(3)
The Nature of Groups
19(3)
Aspects of Groups
22(1)
Creating Productive Groups
22(3)
Group Structure
25(5)
The Development of Groups Over Time
30(7)
The Field of Group Dynamics
37(5)
Kurt Lewin and the Field of Group Dynamics
42(2)
Nature of This Book and How to Use It
44(2)
Your Skill Level
46(1)
Summary
47(2)
Experiential Learning
49(24)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
49(1)
Procedural Learning
50(1)
Action Theories
51(1)
Gaining Expertise Through Experiential Learning
52(4)
Learning Group Skills
56(2)
Experiential Learning and Motivation
58(1)
Role Playing
59(2)
Learning How to Be a Participant-Observer
61(3)
Conducting Skill-Training Exercises
64(4)
Ethics of Experiential Learning
68(2)
Summary
70(3)
Group Goals, Social Interdependence, and Trust
73(68)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
73(1)
Introduction
74(3)
What Is a Goal?
77(3)
START with Goals
80(2)
Clarity of Goals
82(1)
Operational Goals
83(1)
Group Goals and Level of Aspiration
84(1)
Dealing With Hidden Agendas
85(1)
Helping Groups Set Effective Goals
86(11)
Group Goals and Social Interdependence Among Members
97(6)
Outcomes of Social Interdependence
103(10)
Reciprocal Relationships Among the Three Outcomes
113(1)
Mediating Variables: The Basic Elements of Cooperation
114(6)
The Evolution of Cooperation
120(2)
Goal Structures and the Allocation of Rewards Among Group Members
122(2)
Social Interdependence and the Real World
124(6)
Developing and Maintaining Trust
130(9)
Summary
139(2)
Communication Within Groups
141(36)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
141(1)
Introduction and Definitions
142(3)
Effective Interpersonal Communication
145(11)
Communicating Information in a Problem-Solving Group
156(1)
Patterns of Communication Among Group Members
157(1)
Effects of Competition on Communication
158(1)
Physical Barriers to Communication
159(7)
Communication Within an Authority Hierarchy
166(2)
Informal Communication Networks and Opinion Leaders
168(1)
Effects on the Message of a One-Way Communication Procedure
169(4)
Communication Structures and Networks
173(1)
Seating Arrangements
174(1)
Taking a Survey
174(1)
Improving Communication Among Group Members
175(2)
Leadership
177(52)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
177(1)
What Is Leadership?
178(8)
Trait Theories of Leadership
186(6)
Leadership Styles
192(3)
Influence Theory of Leadership
195(1)
Role Position/Approach to Leadership
196(4)
Situational Theories of Leadership
200(10)
Organizational Leadership
210(7)
What If You Do Not Want to Be a Leader?
217(10)
Summary
227(2)
Using Power
229(44)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
229(2)
Introduction
231(1)
What Is Power?
231(2)
The Dynamic-Interdependence View of Power
233(1)
Personal Power and Personal Growth Accomplishment
234(3)
The Trait-Factor Approach to Power
237(3)
The Bases of Power
240(4)
Conflict Model of Social Influence
244(2)
Power and Problem Solving
246(3)
Unequal Power
249(13)
Group Norms: Indirect Power
262(4)
The Group Mind
266(4)
Summary
270(3)
Decision Making
273(56)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
273(1)
Making Effective Decisions
274(3)
Individual Versus Group Decision Making
277(12)
Methods of Decision Making
289(8)
Factors Enhancing Group Decision Making
297(1)
Factors Hindering Group Decision Making
297(15)
Approaches to Decision Making
312(1)
Considered and Thoughtful Decision Making
313(9)
Problems with Theorizing on Decision Making
322(5)
Summary
327(2)
Controversy and Creativity
329(48)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
329(4)
Controversy and Decision Making
333(4)
The Avoidance of Controversy
337(10)
Outcomes of Controversy
347(4)
Process of Controversy
351(4)
Conditions Determining the Constructiveness of Controversy
355(3)
Structuring Academic Controversies
358(1)
Guidelines for Constructive Controversy
359(2)
Being a Citizen in a Democracy
361(1)
Summary
361(4)
Creativity
365(1)
Developing and Fostering Creativity
366(3)
Open Versus Closed Belief Systems
369(2)
Brainstorming
371(4)
Final Note
375(2)
Managing Conflict of Interest
377(72)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
377(1)
Conflict Positive Groups
378(1)
Nature of Conflicts of Interest
379(1)
Conflicts Can Be Destructive or Constructive
380(3)
Conflict Strategies: What Are You Like?
383(4)
Controlling the Occurrence of Conflicts
387(1)
The Nature of Negotiations
388(7)
Two Types of Negotiating
395(5)
The Integrative Negotiating Procedure
400(20)
Try, Try Again
420(3)
Negotiating in Good Faith
423(1)
Refusal Skills: This Issue Is Not Negotiable
424(5)
Intergroup Conflict
429(16)
Third-Party Mediation
445(2)
Summary
447(2)
Valuing Diversity
449(38)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
449(3)
Introduction
452(1)
Diversity
453(2)
Importance of Managing Diversity
455(2)
The Value of Diversity
457(5)
Barriers to Interacting with Diverse Peers
462(10)
Making Diversity Among Members a Strength
472(5)
Summary
477(10)
Learning and Discussion Groups
487(30)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
487(1)
Nature of Cooeprative Learning
488(3)
Formal Cooperative Learning: Being ``A Guide on the Side''
491(2)
Preinstructional Decisions
493(7)
Structuring the Task and Cooperative Structure
500(2)
Monitoring and Intervening
502(2)
Evaluating Learning and Processing Interaction
504(1)
Informal Cooperative Learning Groups
505(2)
Using Informal Cooperative Learning
507(1)
Nature of Base Groups
508(3)
Integrated Use of All Three Goal Structure
511(3)
The Cooperative School
514(1)
Summary
515(2)
Leading Growth and Counseling Groups
517(20)
Introduction
518(1)
The Social-Skills Basis of Personal Growth
518(1)
The Unique Powers of Group Experiences
519(2)
Events That Promote Participant Growth
521(2)
Establishing the Goals of a Growth Group
523(2)
Leading a Growth Group
525(6)
Becoming a Facilitator
531(1)
Feelings, Intuition, and Conceptual Frameworks
532(3)
Growth Groups and Participant Anxiety
535(2)
Team Development, Team Training
537(38)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
537(1)
Introduction
538(1)
What Is a Team?
538(2)
Types of Teams
540(3)
Organizational Context
543(6)
Building Productive Teams
549(2)
Research on Team Effectiveness
551(1)
Forming, Structuring, and Nurturing Teams
552(5)
Use of Teams in Training Programs
557(1)
Team Building
558(1)
Assessing Quality of Work
559(8)
Total Quality Management
567(3)
Dealing with Problem Behaviors in Teams
570(2)
Summary
572(3)
Epilogue
575(4)
Guidelines for Creating Effective Groups
575(2)
Learning Group Skills
577(2)
Appendix: Answers 579(10)
Glossary 589(10)
References 599(24)
Index 623


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