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Joining Together : Group Theory and Group Skills

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Edition:
8th
ISBN13:

9780205367405

ISBN10:
0205367402
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2003
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

This best-selling text is a broad, integrative overview of group dynamics presented in a well researched, readable, and experiential format. This text 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
2(44)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
3(1)
Group Dynamics and Me
3(1)
The Importance of Groups
3(8)
How to Create an Effective Group
11(4)
What Is a Group?
15(2)
The Nature of Groups
17(3)
Aspects of Groups
20(1)
Creating Productive Groups
20(3)
Group Structure
23(5)
The Development of Groups Over Time
28(7)
The Field of Group Dynamics
35(4)
Kurt Lewin and the Field of Group Dynamics
39(3)
The Nature of This Book and How to Use It
42(2)
Your Skill Level
44(1)
Summary
44(2)
Experiential Learning
46(22)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
47(1)
Procedural Learning
47(1)
Action Theories
48(2)
Gaining Expertise through Experiential Learning
50(3)
Learning Group Skills
53(3)
Experiential Learning and Motivation
56(1)
Role Playing
57(1)
Learning How to Be a Participant-Observer
58(3)
Conducting Skill-Training Exercises
61(4)
Ethics of Experiential Learning
65(2)
Summary
67(1)
Group Goals, Social Interdependence, and Trust
68(66)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
69(1)
Introduction
69(3)
What Is a Goal?
72(3)
START with Goals
75(2)
Clarity of Goals
77(1)
Operational Goals
78(1)
Group Goals and Level of Aspiration
79(1)
Dealing with Hidden Agendas
79(2)
Helping Groups Set Effective Goals
81(11)
Group Goals and Social Interdependence Among Members
92(6)
Outcomes of Social Interdependence
98(9)
Reciprocal Relationships Among the Three Outcomes
107(1)
Mediating Variables: The Basic Elements of Cooperation
108(6)
The Evolution of Cooperation
114(1)
Goal Structures and the Allocation of Benefits Among Group Members
115(3)
Social Interdependence and the Real World
118(6)
Developing and Maintaining Trust
124(9)
Summary
133(1)
Communication Within Groups
134(40)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
135(1)
Introduction and Definitions
135(2)
Group Communication
137(2)
Group Environment
139(1)
Sending and Receiving Messages
140(11)
Communication in a Problem-Solving Group
151(1)
Interaction Analysis
151(9)
Communication Patterns in an Authority Hierarchy
160(5)
Communication Patterns and Networks
165(2)
Influences on Effectiveness of Group Communication
167(1)
Effects of Cooperation and Competition on Communication
167(3)
Physical Influences on Communication
170(1)
Seating Arrangements
170(1)
Humor
171(1)
Taking a Survey
171(1)
Summary
172(2)
Leadership
174(52)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
175(1)
What Is Leadership?
175(9)
Trait Theories of Leadership
184(6)
Leadership Styles
190(2)
Influence Theory of Leadership
192(2)
Role Position Approach to Leadership
194(4)
Situational Theories of Leadership
198(9)
Organizational Leadership
207(7)
What If You Do Not Want to Be a Leader?
214(10)
Summary
224(2)
Using Power
226(48)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
227(1)
Introduction
228(3)
What Is Power?
231(2)
The Dynamic-Interdependence View of Power
233(4)
Mobilizing Power to Achieve Goals
237(3)
The Trait-Factor Approach to Power
240(3)
The Bases of Power
243(4)
Conflict Model of Social Influence
247(3)
Power and Problem Solving
250(4)
Unequal Power
254(11)
Group Norms: Indirect Power
265(4)
The Group Mind
269(3)
Summary
272(2)
Decision Making
274(56)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
275(1)
Making Effective Decisions
275(3)
Individual Versus Group Decision Making
278(13)
Methods of Decision Making
291(8)
Factors Enhancing Group Decision Making
299(1)
Factors Hindering Group Decision Making
299(15)
Approaches to Decision Making
314(1)
Considered and Thoughtful Decision Making
315(8)
Problems with Theorizing on Decision Making
323(5)
Summary
328(2)
Controversy and Creativity
330(48)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
331(4)
Controversy and Decision Making
335(4)
The Avoidance of Controversy
339(10)
Outcomes of Controversy
349(4)
Process of Controversy
353(4)
Conditions Determining the Constructiveness of Controversy
357(3)
Structuring Academic Controversies
360(1)
Guidelines for Constructive Controversy
361(2)
Being a Citizen in a Democracy
363(4)
Creativity
367(1)
Developing and Fostering Creativity
368(3)
Open Versus Closed Belief Systems
371(2)
Brainstorming
373(4)
Final Note
377(1)
Managing Conflict of Interests
378(72)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
379(1)
Conflict Positive Groups
379(1)
Nature of Conflicts of Interests
380(2)
Conflicts Can Be Destructive or Constructive
382(3)
Conflict Strategies: What Are You Like?
385(3)
Controlling the Occurrence of Conflicts
388(1)
The Nature of Negotiations
389(7)
Two Types of Negotiating
396(6)
The Integrative Negotiating Procedure
402(19)
Try, Try Again
421(4)
Negotiating in Good Faith
425(1)
Refusal Skills: This Issue Is Not Negotiable
425(6)
Intergroup Conflict
431(15)
Third-Party Mediation
446(3)
Summary
449(1)
Valuing Diversity
450(36)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
451(3)
Introduction
454(1)
Diversity
455(2)
Importance of Managing Diversity
457(1)
The Value of Diversity
458(5)
Barriers to Interacting with Diverse Peers
463(10)
Making Diversity Among Members a Strength
473(6)
Summary
479(7)
Learning and Discussion Groups
486(30)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
487(1)
Nature of Cooeprative Learning
487(4)
Formal Cooperative Learning: Being ``A Guide cm the Side''
491(2)
Preinstructional Decisions
493(6)
Structuring the Task and Cooperative Structure
499(2)
Monitoring and Intervening
501(2)
Evaluating Learning and Processing Interaction
503(2)
Informal Cooperative Learning Groups
505(1)
Using Informal Cooperative Learning
506(1)
Nature of Base Groups
507(4)
Integrated Use of All Three Goal Structures
511(2)
The Cooperative School
513(2)
Summary
515(1)
Leading Growth and Counseling Groups
516(26)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
517(1)
Introduction
517(1)
Types of Therapeutic Groups
517(7)
The Unique Power of Group Experiences
524(5)
Importance of Disclosing Emotions
529(1)
Leading a Growth Group
530(6)
Conceptual Frameworks, Feelings, and Intuition
536(2)
Becoming a Facilitator
538(1)
Growth Groups and Participant Anxiety
539(1)
Costs of Growth and Therapy Groups
539(1)
Comparative Effectiveness
539(1)
Summary
540(2)
Team Development, Team Training
542(36)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
543(1)
Introduction
543(1)
What Is a Team?
544(2)
Types of Teams
546(2)
Organizational Context
548(6)
Building Productive Teams
554(2)
Research on Team Effectiveness
556(1)
Forming, Structuring, and Nurturing Teams
557(5)
Use of Teams in Training Programs
562(1)
Team Building
563(1)
Assessing Quality of Work
564(7)
Total Quality Management
571(3)
Dealing with Problem Behaviors in Teams
574(2)
Summary
576(2)
Epilogue
578(5)
Guidelines for Creating Effective Groups
579(2)
Learning Group Skills
581(2)
Appendix: Answers 583(11)
Glossary 594(13)
References 607(28)
Index 635


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