The Group in Society
- John Gastil - University of Washington, USA
Group Communication | Group Dynamics/Group Processes | Teams
Features & Benefits
- Part I – Theorizing Groups: builds a strong theoretical foundation, exploring social theory and the group, forming and joining groups, the life and death of the group, and changing society through group life
- Part II – Understanding Groups in Context: explores the histories, purposes, memberships of a variety of groups—including juries, families, executive committees, study groups, and political action groups—thus enabling the student reader to speak clearly about group formation, norms, roles, tasks, and relationships. Detailed end-of-chapter case studies explicitly connect with the concepts, theories, and empirical findings introduced in each respective chapter; examples include the powerful group bonds of the modern terrorist cell; the wired network of groups in the anti-Globalization movement; and the deliberation of a jury in a murder trial
Teaching & Learning Ancillaries
- Teaching resources are available at http://groupinsociety.la.psu.edu/ and include chapter summaries, discussion questions, and practical applications; a sample course schedule; Embedded Systems Framework PowerPoint slides; group project assignments, group project worksheets, and a group project description and contract; and links to useful Web resources such as small group teaching resources and active wikis on small groups.
- An open-access student study site at www.sagepub.com/gastilstudy features e-flashcards, practice quizzes, and other resources to help students enhance their comprehension and improve their grade.
I will recommend this book to my students because it covers an important topic in more detail than our main course literature does. And it covers it in an easily understandable way.
"The group in society" is a great book for both students and teachers. It is coherent, easy to read and understand, and it offers an interdisciplinary view on the matter of group dynamics. The disscution questions are a very ussefull tool for students, giving them the opportunity to check the level of their understanding of the problems disscused. The text comes with a free access Student Study Site, as well as online Instructor Resources - both of them very interesting and ussefull. I strongly recommend the book to both teachers and students!
Liked the content organization and focus
I have already submitted feedback on this text
The book will require changes to the course, which we are not able to do this time. The book will be considered for later courses. Thanks.
Not enough business relationship orientation.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1. Small Groups Up Close
Chapter 2. Wiring Groups into Organizations and Society