Making Groups Work: Rethinking Practice

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Allen & Unwin, 1997 - Social Science - 202 pages
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A practical introduction to group facilitation for students and professionals in the human services.

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The question of agency
The history of working with groups
Remedial and reciprocal
The social goals perspective for working with groups
The life cycle of groups
Structured experiences
Working with groups and the role of the facilitator
Working with groups in community work and social

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Page 7 - A group may be defined as a plurality of individuals who are in contact with one another, who take one another into account, and who are aware of some significant commonality...
Page 169 - The sociological imagination enables its possessor to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of a variety of individuals.
Page 7 - Two or more persons who are interacting with one another in such a manner that each person influences and is influenced by each other person [Shaw, 1981, p.
Page 169 - What they need, and what they feel they need, is a quality of mind that will help them to use information and to develop reason in order to achieve lucid summations of what is going on in the world and what may be happening within themselves...
Page 56 - Although a simple enough arrangement, it is becoming increasingly apparent that such groups are a revolutionary departure, in the sense that they are a new order of social system. The collective purpose of their members is to learn about their collective experience. Goals preoccupying other groups are set aside so the group is free to develop an awareness of itself, to discover what its "self" is, where "self
Page 169 - The sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society.
Page 36 - Finding a voice means that you can get your own feeling into your own words and that your words have the feel of you about them; and I believe that it may not even be a metaphor, for a poetic voice is probably very intimately connected with the poet's natural voice, the voice that he hears as the ideal speaker of the lines he is making up.
Page 46 - Scout is by admitting him as a member of a fraternity which, guided by adult leadership, is increasingly selfgoverning in its successive age-groups; by opening to him a succession of congenial activities and achievements in a largely outdoor setting and opportunities of service to others by putting upon him progressively increasing measures of responsibility for himself and others, so that he acquires competence, self-reliance, character, dependability, and powers both of co-operation and of leadership....
Page 11 - There is no hope for creating a better world without a deeper scientific insight into the function of leadership and culture, and of other essentials of group life.
Page 43 - Teams were sponsored by the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) and the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA).

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Joan Benjamin teaches in Criminal Justice and Youth Studies at RMIT; Judith Bessant teaches in Sociology and Youth Studies at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne; Rob Watts teaches in Social Science and Social Work at RMIT.

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