Creating High Performance Classroom Groups

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Taylor & Francis, 2000 - Education - 203 pages

The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature.

The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.

 

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Contents

Why Classroom Groups?
1
The Challenge of Preparation
17
Organizing and Guiding
39
Developing Student Expertise
63
The Group Performance Curve
79
lnevitable and Manageable
97
Problem Behaviors and lnterventions
111
GroupLevel Problems and Solutions
127
Relating Characteristics and Communication Skills
143
Group Leadership
155
Group Activities and Exercises
171
Electronically Linked Groups
185
Bibliography
199
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Dr. Nina Brown received her doctorate in Counselor Education from the College of William and Mary. She is a professor of counseling at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and has published numerous books on the topic of groups, including Teaching Group Dynamics, Expressive Processes in Group Counseling, Group Counseling for Elementary and Middle School Children, Psychoeducation Groups Accelerated Development. She also published The Destructive Narcissistic Pattern

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