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Friday, May 9, 2008

Group Dynamics

I will end the week with a quick discussion about Group Dynamics and links to further reading about Group Dynamics. Wikipedia starts its entry:
"Group Dynamics is the study of groups, and also a general term for group processes. In psychology, sociology, and communication studies . A group is two or more individuals who are connected to each other by social relationships.[1] Because they interact and influence each other, groups develop a number of dynamic processes that separate them from a random collection of individuals. These processes include norms, roles, relations, development, need to belong, social influence, and effects on behavior. The field of group dynamics is primarily concerned with small group behavior. Groups may be classified as aggregate, primary, secondary and category groups."

The University of Richmond provides Group Dynamics Resource Page which begins with a quote explaining how 2 are better than one. This is a comprehensive site explaining different types of Group Dynamics based on research and scholarly studies of groups. "To understand people, we must understand their groups" is a powerful statement made on this webpage.


Group Dynamics by RONALD W. TOSELAND, LANI V. JONES, & ZVI D. GELLIS is a chapter in Handbook of Social Work with Groups, Charles D. Garvin, Lorraine M. Gutierrez, Maeda J. Galinsky, Eds. This is a very comprehensive look at the system dynamics of groups. It delves into the philosophical and psychological dynamics of people in groups and how the group affects the individual. It is heavy reading, but very worthwhile for the teacher interested in the effects of group work in hir class.


Resources for Group Dynamics, Small Groups and Community Building on the website Group Dynamics and Community Building by Jerry Hampton, provides many links to many resources on the research and assessment of group work. Another scholarly resource for teachers interested in the deeper affects of group work.

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