Joining Together Group Theory and Group Skills

ISBN-10: 0205453732

ISBN-13: 9780205453733

Edition: 9th 2006 (Revised)

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Description: 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!

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Book details

List price: $100.00
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Preface
Group Dynamics
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
Group Dynamics and Me
What Is a Group?
The Importance of Groups
Group Structure
Creating Productive Groups
How to Create an Effective Group
The Development of Groups Over Time
The Field of Group Dynamics
The Nature of This Book and How to Use It
Summary
Experiential Learning
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
Procedural Learning
Action Theories
Gaining Expertise Through Experiential Learning
Experiential Learning and Motivation
Learning Group Skills
Role Playing
Learning How to Be a Participant-Observer
Conducting Skill-Training Exercises
Ethics of Experiential Learning
Summary
Group Goals, Social Interdependence, and Trust
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
Introduction
What Is a Goal?
Start Goals
Clarity of Goals
Operational Goals
Group Goals and Level of Aspiration
Dealing with Hidden Agendas
Helping Groups Set Effective Goals
Group Goals and Social Interdependence Among Members
Outcomes of Social Interdependence
Effort to Achieve and Produce
Reciprocal Relationships Among the Three Outcomes
Mediating Variables: The Basic Elements of Cooperation
The Stability of Cooperation
Goal Structures and the Allocation of Benefits Among Group Members
Mixed-Motive Situations
Developing and Maintaining Trust
Summary
Communication Within Groups
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
Introduction and Definitions
Group Communication
Sending and Receiving Messages
Communication in a Problem-Solving Group
Interaction Analysis
Communication Networks
Communication Patterns in an Authority Hierarchy
Influences on Effectiveness of Group Communication
Effects of Cooperation and Competition on Communication
Physical Influences on Communication
Seating Arrangements
Humor
Summary
Leadership
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
What Is Leadership?
Trait Theories of Leadership
Leadership Styles
Influence Theory of Leadership
Role Position/Group Structure Approach to Leadership
Situational Theories of Leadership
Organizational Leadership
What If You Do Not Want to Be a Leader?
Summary
Using Power
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
Introduction
What Is Power?
The Dynamic Interdependence View of Power
Mobilizing Power to Achieve Goals
The Trait Factor Approach to Power
The Bases of Power
Conflict Model of Social Influence
Power and Problem Solving
Unequal Power
Group Norms: Indirect Power
The Group Mind
Individual Versus Relationship Perspectives
Summary
Decision Making
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
Making Effective Decisions
Individual Versus Group Decision Making
Methods of Decision Making
Factors Enhancing Group Decision Making
Factors Hindering Group Decision Making
Considered and Thoughtful Decision Making
Problems with Theorizing on Decision Making
Summary
Controversy and Creativity
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
Controversy and Decision Making
The Avoidance of Controversy
Outcomes of Controversy
Creativity
Process of Controversy
Conditions Determining the Constructiveness of Controversy
Minority Influence, Controversy, and Decision Making
Structuring Constructive Controversies
Being a Citizen in a Democracy
Creative Problem Solving
Developing and Fostering Creativity
Open Versus Closed Belief Systems
Brainstorming
Summary
Managing Conflicts of Interest
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
Conflict-Positive Groups
Nature of Conflicts of Interest
Conflicts Can Be Destructive or Constructive
Conflict and Aggression
Conflict Strategies: What Are You Like?
Controlling the Occurrence of Conflicts
The Nature of Negotiations
Two Types of Negotiating
The Integrative Negotiating Procedure
Defining the Conflict as a Mutual Problem
Try, Try Again
Negotiating in Good Faith
Refusal Skills: This Issue Is Non-Negotiable
Intergroup Conflict
Third-Party Mediation
Summary
Valuing Diversity
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
Introduction
Sources of Diversity
The Importance of Managing Diversity
The Value of Diversity
Barriers to Interacting with Diverse Peers
Making Member Diversity a Strength
Summary
Cooperative Learning in the Classroom
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
Nature of Cooperative Learning
Formal Cooperative Learning: Being A "Guide on the Side"
Preinstructional Decisions
Explaining the Task and Cooperative Structure
Monitoring and Intervening
Evaluating Learning and Processing Interaction
Informal Cooperative Learning Groups
Using Informal Cooperative Learning
Base Groups
Integrated Use of All Three Goal Structures
The Cooperative School
Summary
Leading Growth and Counseling Groups
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
Introduction
Types of Therapeutic Groups
The Unique Power of Group Experiences
Importance of Disclosing Emotions
Leading a Growth Group
Conceptual Frameworks, Feelings, and Intuition
Becoming a Facilitator
Growth Groups and Participant Anxiety
Costs of Growth and Therapy Groups
Comparative Effectiveness
Summary
Team Development, Team Training
Basic Concepts to Be Covered in This Chapter
Introduction
What Is a Team?
Types of Teams
Organizational Context
Building Productive Teams
Research on Team Effectiveness
Forming, Structuring, and Nurturing Teams
Use of Teams in Training Programs
Team Building
Assessing Quality of Work
Total Quality Management
Dealing with Problem Behaviors in Teams
Summary
Epilogue
Guidelines for Creating Effective Groups
Learning Group Skills
Summary
Answers
Glossary
References
Index
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