Group Development

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1978-05-01
  • Publisher: Pfeiffer
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This classic collection of readings on group development includes pieces on group practice and major research reports that you'll find useful as course content in many training sessions. You will get a powerfully usable sense of group dynamics through the combination of "what to look for" and "what to do" articles."[Group members must be] aware of and sensitive to the fluctuating forces within the group, or their actions will in all probability be inappropriate." --Leland P. Bradford, author Articles include "Functional Roles of Group Members," "Improving Decision-Making with Groups," "Stereotypes and the Growth of Groups," and "Trust and Managerial Problem Solving." Among the leading contributors to this essential resource are Warren Bennis, Alvin Zander, Gordon Lippitt, and Leland Bradford himself.Learn all about: * Functional roles of group members * Diagnosis and solving problems within groups * Trust and managerial problem-solving . . . and more!

Author Biography

LELAND P. BRADFORD, Ph.D., was co-founder of the National Training Laboratory in Group Development (now NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science), which he directed for twenty-five years. He served as an instructor in educational psychology at the University of Illinois and as training director for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and for the Federal Security Agency. Dr. Bradford was the first director of the Division of Adult Education of the National Education Association and served in that capacity for nearly twenty years. He edited the NEA Adult Education Bulletin and published many pioneering articles in national journals concerned with human relations. He is the author of Making Meetings Work (1977) and is a co-author of T-Group Theory and Laboratory Method: Innovations in Re-Education (1964) and The Laboratory Method of Learning and Chagning (1974). Dr. Bradford has served as a delegate to numerous international conferences, and he has received many honors, including honorary doctorates from leading universities.

Table of Contents

Group Formation and Development.
A Theory of Group Development.
Group Dynamic and the Individual.
Functional Roles of Group Members.
How to Diagnose Group Problems.
Improving Decision-Making with Groups.
The Case of the Hidden Agenda.
Stereotypes and the Growth of Groups.
The Group as a Growing Organism.
Applying a Group Development Model to Managing a Class.
Informal Communication in Small Groups.
Task Roles and Social Roles in Problem-Solving Groups.
Personal Goals and the Group's Goals for the Member.
Trust and Managerial Problem Solving.
Assets and Liabilities in Group Problem Solving: The Need for an Integrative Function.
Small Group Behavior: A Selective Bibliography.

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