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This is an index of group exercises and writings for group dynamics. They can be used or adapted for many types of groups. Some exercises are done individually but processed in the larger group.
What is a Group? A group is: two or more people who share a common definition and evaluation of themselves and behave in accordance with such a definition (Vaughan & Hogg, 2002, p. 200) a collection of people who interact with one another, accept rights and obligations as members and who share a common identity.
contents: introduction · life · field theory · group dynamics · democracy and groups · t-groups, facilitation and experience · action research · conclusion · further reading and references · links . see, also : the groupwork pioneers series Kurt Lewin's (1890-1947) work had a profound impact on social psychology and, more particularly for our purposes here, on our appreciation of experiential learning, group dynamics and action research. On this page we provide a very brief outline of his life and an assessment of his continuing relevance to educators. Kurt Lewin was born on September 9, 1890 in the village of Mogilno in Prussia (now part of Poland).
Theory This page provides an introduction to group relations theory, arranged as answers to some common questions. It outlines some of the major ideas and work in the field, but it is not intended to be comprehensive - the publications section is a good place to start if you want to read more deeply. The people section provides biographies about some of the people who have worked in the field of group relations - from its foundation in the 1940s to today.
The illustration above shows progressive building blocks for relationships. All meaningfull relationships must start on the Primary level then progressivly move up to the next level. RULE 1. Work on the primary level till all three blocks are sufficiently developed before going on to the next level . If these three can not be developed, then do not go on to the next level .
How groups form, conform, then warp our decision-making, productivity and creativity. When we're in a group other people have an incredibly powerful effect on us. Groups can kill our creativity, inspire us to work harder, allow us to slack off, skew our decision-making and make us clam up.