Group Dynamics in Recreation and Leisure Creating Conscious Groups Through an Experiential Approach

ISBN-10: 0736062874
ISBN-13: 9780736062879
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $52.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 8/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

"Group Dynamics in Recreation and Leisure: Creating Conscious Groups Through an Experiential Approach builds skills not only in working in group settings but also in creating and facilitating conscious groups - groups that recognize the personal growth of their members as a main objective." "The book introduces group dynamics theory and current research as it applies to recreation and leisure settings and moves beyond the theory to show students that their understanding of group dynamics can be a meaningful and realistic tool. They'll learn to apply the theory to the practical factors and issues involved in leading and working with conscious groups, including goal setting, decision making and problem solving, ethics and morals, positive communication, and the effects of conflict, power, gender, and environment on group functioning."--BOOK JACKET.

Understanding the Conscious Group
Introduction to Group Dynamics
Groups in Human History
Groups Defined
Classifications of Groups
Group Dynamics
Why Study Groups?
Summary
References
Group Formation and Development Theory
Why People Join Groups
What Makes Groups Attractive?
What Happens Next?
Group Development Theories
The Group-Individual Relationship
Summary
Questions for Discussion
Recommended Websites
References
The Conscious Group
Group Purpose
Personal Growth in Recreation Groups
Experiential Education
Experiential Education and Group Dynamics
Summary
Developing the Conscious Group
Group Goals, Objectives, and Expectations
Defining Terms
Clarifying Goals, Objectives, and Expectations
Summary
Values, Ethics, and Morals
Definitions
Moral Development
Applying Moral Theory
Moral Reasoning Exercises
Summary
Decision Making and Problem Solving
Advantages of Group Decision Making
Disadvantages of Group Decision Making
A Six-Step Process for Making Decisions
Common Methods of Group Decision Making
The Leader and Decision Making
Summary
References
Power and Conflict
Power
The Operation of Power in Groups
Managing Conflict
Summary
Gender in Group Dynamics
Gender and Sex
Gender and Recreation Behavior
Generalizations About Gender-Specific Behaviors
Gender and Leadership
Conformity
Decision Making
Communication
Conflict Management
Power
Status
Task Solutions
Summary
References
Group Leadership
What Is Leadership?
Followership
Leadership Theory
Applying Leadership Theory
Summary
References
Environmental Impacts on Groups
Environmental Factors
Social Environment
Case Study
Summary
References
Addressing Issues in the Conscious Group
Strengths, Weaknesses and Myths in Group Dynamics
Strengths of Groups
Weaknesses of Groups
When to Work Alone
Myths in Group Dynamics
Practical Techniques for Addressing Group Needs
Summary
References
Crowds and the Mob Mentality
Collectives
Behavior in Crowds
Strategies for Working With Collectives
Summary
Alternative Groups
Consensus-Based Groups
Participant-Centered Groups
Working With Alternative Recreation Groups
Summary
Diversity and Difference
Diversity and Difference
Types of Diversity
Benefits of Diverse Groups
Shortcomings of Diverse Groups
Working With Diverse Groups
Summary
References

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