Chapter 1 Introduction to Group Dynamics

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Chapter 1 - Introduction to Group Dynamics

  1. Define the terms group and group dynamics.

  2. Compare and contrast: group and category; primary and secondary group; planned group and emergent group; concocted, founded, circumstantial, and self-organizing groups.

  3. Describe the 4 types of groups that individuals intuitively recognize when asked to distinguish between different types of groups and aggregations.

  4. List five basic characteristics of groups.

  5. Compare and contrast task interaction and relationship interaction.

  6. Diagram the following types of interdependence: sequential, reciprocal, and multilevel.

  7. Use the McGrath circumplex model of group tasks to classify a range of group tasks.

  8. Apply Campbell’s theory of entitativity to a series of common, everyday groups and aggregations.

  9. Explain the concept of paradigm, and apply it to group dynamics.

  10. List and provide a short description of the field’s core theoretical assumptions.

  11. Compare and contrast an individual and group level analysis of the concepts groupmind and norm.

  12. Explain the significance of Triplett’s study of group performance and Sherif’s study of norms for resolving issues of the reality of groups raised by Allport.

  13. Summarize Lewin's B = f(P, E) formula of interactionism.

  14. Describe the typical course of a group’s development.

  15. Provide examples of the impact of groups on (a) individuals and (b) society.

  16. Give a general overview of the topics studied by social psychologists, making certain to include examples of both personal and interpersonal processes.

  17. Illustrate the application of group dynamics research in such disciplines as clinical psychology, education, sociology, and sports/recreation.

  18. Explain how action research differs from basic research and applied research.

  19. Distinguish between topics that are studied by group dynamics researchers and topics that aren't studied by them.

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