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By Tom Douglas

A concept of Groupwork perform relies at the result of the quest for the elemental similarities within the perform of all groupworkers in no matter what occupation or environment they might function. The theoretical techniques utilized by groupworkers might be generally variation, yet what staff truly do while in interplay with the teams they bring or adapt indicates impressive similarities that are deeper and extra influential than the suggestions in selling or combating profitable team results. This ebook offers the principles of a coherent idea of staff paintings perform according to those similarities.

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However, as the combined form is by far the most common, its nature should be examined. If we regard any group as an energy system, the input of large amounts of energy from the leader may be expected to coincide with periods when leader dominance would be appropriate. It must remain a purely hypothetical speculation as to the amount and kind of energy which is actually required to maintain a group as a functioning entity, but, for instance, in closed groups it is noticeable that leader energy output is highest at certain crucial points in the group's history: at the beginning, at the end and at crisis points in between.

A review of some of the immense volume of literature on interaction would tend to suggest that eight principal generative factors may be distinguished: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. communication: as communication increases, because it is one of the basic elements of interaction, so the functions listed by Jackson are more likely to develop; perceptions of members of several factors: (a) similarity - this appears to be positively related to interaction (Zander and Havelin, 1960), (b) status - members of a group interact more with those of a higher status (Zalesnik and Moment, 1964), (c) liking -liking may be a function of interaction or interaction a function of liking (Israel, 1956), (d) situation - interaction stems from a definition of the situation (Zalesnik and Moment, 1964); frequency and intensity of exposure; physical and functional proximity; the capacity of group members: (a) inclination, (b) emotional expansiveness, (c) social expansiveness; past experience; need to reinforce approved behaviour; need to provide a social reality.

Even more so, her almost secondary assumption that groupwork groups should be established on the basis of the needs, capabilities and experience of the potential members of being able to use groupwork has been ignored. ' We must now look at this triad of group 'forms' in a rather different way. Instrumental associative patterns Instrumental associative patterns, or more properly group-asinstrument patterns, appear in a group when the group members are able to work as a unit to explore and exploit the resources which the group contains or to which it has access.

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