Joining Together : Group Theory and Group Skills

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  • Edition: 10th
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  • Copyright: 2008-04-09
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This best-selling text is a broad, integrative overview of group dynamics presented in a well researched, readable, and experiential format. Presents a broad, integrative overview of group dynamicsGroup Theory, Group EffectivenessPre-service students in any course that focuses on effective group work

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
Group Dynamicsp. 1
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapterp. 1
Group Dynamics and Mep. 1
What Is a Group?p. 5
The Importance of Groupsp. 11
Group Structurep. 14
Creating Productive Groupsp. 18
How to Create an Effective Groupp. 24
The Development of Groups Over Timep. 27
The Field of Group Dynamicsp. 34
The Nature of This Book and How to Use Itp. 40
Summaryp. 43
Experiential Learningp. 44
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapterp. 45
Procedural Learningp. 45
Action Theoriesp. 46
Gaining Expertise Through Experiential Learningp. 48
Experiential Learning and Motivationp. 52
Learning Group Skillsp. 53
Role Playingp. 55
Learning How to Be a Participant Observerp. 56
Conducting Skill-Training Exercisesp. 59
Ethics of Experiential Learningp. 63
Summaryp. 65
Group Goals, Social Interdependence, and Trustp. 66
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapterp. 67
Introductionp. 67
What Is a Goal?p. 70
START Goalsp. 73
Clarity of Goalsp. 76
Operational Goalsp. 76
Group Goals and Level of Aspirationp. 77
Dealing with Hidden Agendasp. 78
Helping Groups Set Effective Goalsp. 79
Group Goals and Social Interdependence Among Membersp. 88
Outcomes of Social Interdependencep. 94
Effort to Achieve and Producep. 95
Reciprocal Relationships Among the Three Outcomesp. 104
Mediating Variables: The Basic Elements of Cooperationp. 106
The Stability of Cooperationp. 113
Goal Structures and the Allocation of Benefits Among Group Membersp. 113
Mixed-Motive Situationsp. 115
Developing and Maintaining Trustp. 122
Summaryp. 129
Communication Within Groupsp. 130
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapterp. 131
Introduction and Definitionsp. 131
Group Communicationp. 133
Sending and Receiving Messagesp. 136
Communication in a Problem-Solving Groupp. 146
Interaction Analysisp. 147
Communication Networksp. 155
Communication Patterns in an Authority Hierarchyp. 156
Influences on Effectiveness of Group Communicationp. 161
Effects of Cooperation and Competition on Communicationp. 161
Physical Influences on Communicationp. 163
Seating Arrangementsp. 163
Humorp. 164
Summaryp. 165
Leadershipp. 166
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapterp. 167
What Is Leadership?p. 167
Trait Theories of Leadershipp. 177
Leadership Stylesp. 183
Influence Theory of Leadershipp. 185
Role Position/Group Structure Approach to Leadershipp. 186
Situational Theories of Leadershipp. 191
Organizational Leadershipp. 200
What If You Do Not Want to Be a Leader?p. 203
Summaryp. 215
Using Powerp. 216
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapterp. 217
Introductionp. 218
What Is Power?p. 221
The Dynamic Interdependence View of Powerp. 223
Mobilizing Power to Achieve Goalsp. 227
The Trait Factor Approach to Powerp. 230
The Bases of Powerp. 232
Conflict Model of Social Influencep. 235
Power and Problem Solvingp. 238
Unequal Powerp. 241
Group Norms: Indirect Powerp. 254
The Group Mindp. 259
Individual Versus Relationship Perspectivesp. 262
Summaryp. 262
Decision Makingp. 264
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapterp. 265
Making Effective Decisionsp. 265
Individual Versus Group Decision Makingp. 268
Methods of Decision Makingp. 282
Factors Enhancing Group Decision Makingp. 289
Factors Hindering Group Decision Makingp. 289
Considered and Thoughtful Decision Makingp. 304
Problems with Theorizing on Decision Makingp. 311
Summaryp. 317
Controversy and Creativityp. 318
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapterp. 319
Controversy and
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