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By Tom Douglas

Uncomplicated Groupwork is a straightforward, functional consultant to the strategies of groupwork. This new version has been commonly up-to-date and revised to mirror the alterations that have taken position in society and social behaviour because it used to be first released in 1978, yet in essence it continues to be an obtainable and pleasant textual content for the beginner practitioner.In logical series the booklet follows the development of 1 team from inception to shut and exposes how teams paintings. uncomplicated staff procedures defined contain: how contributors carry their own routine responses to occasions right into a staff how staff constraints increase or restrain crew behaviour and success how a gaggle is suffering from the way it has originated how management and club roles engage. simple Groupwork offers scholars with a valid and good foundation for any type of groupwork, in any context.

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Depending on the degree of freedom which individuals in a particular group have to choose with whom they associate, and to what level of intensity and upon the strength of the need they may feel they have to be accepted, so will those individuals produce what they see and feel to be an appropriate level of conformity. For instance, the small boy who begins to experience people other than his family group who begin to mean a great deal to him may well adopt behavioural patterns which will be accepted by his newly found companions but which, to the consternation of his parents, are more than a little at odds with his previous ‘good’ behaviour.

26 SMALL GROUPS AND BIGGER GROUPS Example A young man who was unemployed lived on a small estate which had become subject to a spate of burglaries. He decided that he would try to do something useful to pass his time productively. He broached the idea of starting a neighbourhood watch scheme, but was informed by his parents and some of his friends that the people living on the estate were too ‘enclosed’ in the sense of their preferring ‘keep themselves to themselves’ attitudes rather than being interested in anything that involved co-operative endeavour.

All that this word means is that there are discernible patterns of behaviour which tend to emerge in groups over time and appear to focus around certain aspects of the group’s behaviour – for example, around the relationships that develop, or around the rule and value systems to which it adheres. It is possible to see these patterns 36 WHAT HAPPENS IN GROUPS developing and it is possible to influence their development in various ways and to various ends. They arise quite simply from the fact that people bring into a group with them ideas, beliefs, energy, attitudes, needs and desires, and a whole bundle of behavioural patterns from their past experience, aptitudes and abilities, skills and problems; in fact, their whole being.

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