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Joining Together : Group Theory and Group Skills

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Edition:
10th
ISBN13:

9780205453733

ISBN10:
0205453732
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2009
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon

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Summary

This best-selling text presents a broad, integrative overview of group dynamics 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 like Joining Together.New to this Edition: The entire text has been extensively edited and designed to ensure a concise and readable presentation. References and citations have been updated throughout the text to guarantee the most current and useful research information available. Chapter 3, ";Group Goals,"; has been revised to update the discussions of cooperation & competition and trust. Chapter 4, ";Leadership,"; incorporates the latest theories and research on effective small group research and illustrates the application of the theory to practical situations in a variety of settings. Chapter 9, ";Managing Conflict of Interests,"; now includes the latest and most exciting theory and research on the constructive resolution of conflict, with special attention to the topics of negotiation and mediation. Chapter 8, ";Controversy and Creativity,"; has been thoroughly revised to update the discussion of creativity and its relationship to effective group problem-solving. New chapter objectives, quizzes and PowerPoints are available to adopters online by contacting your local representative. Package this text with MyLabSchool-a powerful set of online tools that bring the classroom to life! Visit www.mylabschool.com for more information!

Table of Contents

Preface xv
Group Dynamics
1(43)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
1(1)
Group Dynamics and Me
1(4)
What Is a Group?
5(6)
The Importance of Groups
11(3)
Group Structure
14(4)
Creating Productive Groups
18(6)
How to Create an Effective Group
24(3)
The Development of Groups Over Time
27(7)
The Field of Group Dynamics
34(6)
The Nature of This Book and How to Use It
40(3)
Summary
43(1)
Experiential Learning
44(22)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
45(1)
Procedural Learning
45(1)
Action Theories
46(2)
Gaining Expertise Through Experiential Learning
48(4)
Experiential Learning and Motivation
52(1)
Learning Group Skills
53(2)
Role Playing
55(1)
Learning How to Be a Participant-Observer
56(3)
Conducting Skill-Training Exercises
59(4)
Ethics of Experiential Learning
63(2)
Summary
65(1)
Group Goals, Social Interdependence, and Trust
66(64)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
67(1)
Introduction
67(3)
What Is a Goal?
70(3)
START Goals
73(3)
Clarity of Goals
76(1)
Operational Goals
76(1)
Group Goals and Level of Aspiration
77(1)
Dealing with Hidden Agendas
78(1)
Helping Groups Set Effective Goals
79(9)
Group Goals and Social Interdependence Among Members
88(6)
Outcomes of Social Interdependence
94(1)
Effort to Achieve and Produce
95(9)
Reciprocal Relationships Among the Three Outcomes
104(2)
Mediating Variables: The Basic Elements of Cooperation
106(7)
The Stability of Cooperation
113(1)
Goal Structures and the Allocation of Benefits Among Group Members
113(2)
Mixed-Motive Situations
115(7)
Developing and Maintaining Trust
122(7)
Summary
129(1)
Communication Within Groups
130(36)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
131(1)
Introduction and Definitions
131(2)
Group Communication
133(3)
Sending and Receiving Messages
136(10)
Communication in a Problem-Solving Group
146(1)
Interaction Analysis
147(8)
Communication Networks
155(1)
Communication Patterns in an Authority Hierarchy
156(5)
Influences on Effectiveness of Group Communication
161(1)
Effects of Cooperation and Competition on Communication
161(2)
Physical Influences on Communication
163(1)
Seating Arrangements
163(1)
Humor
164(1)
Summary
165(1)
Leadership
166(52)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
167(1)
What Is Leadership?
167(10)
Trait Theories of Leadership
177(5)
Leadership Styles
182(2)
Influence Theory of Leadership
184(2)
Role Position/Group Structure Approach to Leadership
186(4)
Situational Theories of Leadership
190(9)
Organizational Leadership
199(3)
What If You Do Not Want to Be a Leader?
202(14)
Summary
216(2)
Using Power
218(48)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
219(1)
Introduction
220(3)
What Is Power?
223(2)
The Dynamic Interdependence View of Power
225(4)
Mobilizing Power to Achieve Goals
229(3)
The Trait Factor Approach to Power
232(2)
The Bases of Power
234(3)
Conflict Model of Social Influence
237(3)
Power and Problem Solving
240(3)
Unequal Power
243(13)
Group Norms: Indirect Power
256(4)
The Group Mind
260(4)
Individual Versus Relationship Perspectives
264(1)
Summary
264(2)
Decision Making
266(54)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
267(1)
Making Effective Decisions
267(3)
Individual Versus Group Decision Making
270(14)
Methods of Decision Making
284(7)
Factors Enhancing Group Decision Making
291(1)
Factors Hindering Group Decision Making
291(15)
Considered and Thoughtful Decision Making
306(7)
Problems with Theorizing on Decision Making
313(6)
Summary
319(1)
Controversy and Creativity
320(48)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
321(4)
Controversy and Decision Making
325(4)
The Avoidance of Controversy
329(11)
Outcomes of Controversy
340(2)
Creativity
342(1)
Process of Controversy
343(4)
Conditions Determining the Constructiveness of Controversy
347(2)
Minority Influence, Controversy, and Decision Making
349(2)
Structuring Constructive Controversies
351(2)
Being a Citizen in a Democracy
353(2)
Creative Problem Solving
355(2)
Developing and Fostering Creativity
357(3)
Open Versus Closed Belief Systems
360(1)
Brainstorming
361(5)
Summary
366(2)
Managing Conflicts of Interest
368(72)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
369(1)
Conflict-Positive Groups
369(1)
Nature of Conflicts of Interest
370(1)
Conflicts Can Be Destructive or Constructive
371(1)
Conflict and Aggression
372(3)
Conflict Strategies: What Are You Like?
375(4)
Controlling the Occurrence of Conflicts
379(1)
The Nature of Negotiations
380(7)
Two Types of Negotiating
387(5)
The Integrative Negotiating Procedure
392(3)
Defining the Conflict as a Mutual Problem
395(14)
Try, Try Again
409(3)
Negotiating in Good Faith
412(1)
Refusal Skills: This Issue Is Non-Negotiable
413(8)
Intergroup Conflict
421(16)
Third-Party Mediation
437(1)
Summary
438(2)
Valuing Diversity
440(34)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
441(3)
Introduction
444(1)
Sources of Diversity
445(1)
The Importance of Managing Diversity
446(1)
The Value of Diversity
447(6)
Barriers to Interacting with Diverse Peers
453(9)
Making Member Diversity a Strength
462(4)
Summary
466(8)
Cooperative Learning in the Classroom
474(30)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
475(1)
Nature of Cooperative Learning
475(4)
Formal Cooperative Learning: Being A ``Guide on the Side''
479(1)
Preinstructional Decisions
480(7)
Explaining the Task and Cooperative Structure
487(2)
Monitoring and Intervening
489(3)
Evaluating Learning and Processing Interaction
492(1)
Informal Cooperative Learning Groups
493(2)
Using Informal Cooperative Learning
495(1)
Base Groups
496(3)
Integrated Use of All Three Goal Structures
499(3)
The Cooperative School
502(1)
Summary
503(1)
Leading Growth and Counseling Groups
504(26)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
505(1)
Introduction
505(1)
Types of Therapeutic Groups
505(7)
The Unique Power of Group Experiences
512(5)
Importance of Disclosing Emotions
517(2)
Leading a Growth Group
519(6)
Conceptual Frameworks, Feelings, and Intuition
525(2)
Becoming a Facilitator
527(1)
Growth Groups and Participant Anxiety
528(1)
Costs of Growth and Therapy Groups
528(1)
Comparative Effectiveness
528(1)
Summary
529(1)
Team Development, Team Training
530(36)
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
531(1)
Introduction
531(1)
What Is a Team?
532(2)
Types of Teams
534(3)
Organizational Context
537(6)
Building Productive Teams
543(2)
Research on Team Effectiveness
545(1)
Forming, Structuring, and Nurturing Teams
546(5)
Use of Teams in Training Programs
551(1)
Team Building
551(1)
Assessing Quality of Work
552(7)
Total Quality Management
559(3)
Dealing with Problem Behaviors in Teams
562(2)
Summary
564(2)
Epilogue
566(6)
Guidelines for Creating Effective Groups
567(2)
Learning Group Skills
569(2)
Summary
571(1)
Appendix: Answers 572(12)
Glossary 584(13)
References 597(30)
Index 627


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