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This workbook takes the theories and research from many disciplines and experts and combines them into short, easy-to-assimilate units that facilitate group participation at the high school and college level. Group skills are presented as 26 distinctive lessons. Each lesson begins with an explanation page, then an activity page gives the group an opportunity to work together and put the ideas into practice. The presentation combines linear sections with visual materials. Cooperative learning activities are included to prepare students to work effectively in learning communities. The material has a philosophy and description of human nature consistent with a constructivist view of education. Exercises are cross-disciplinary and can be taught as team building in any college setting. The topics include: activation; balance; cohesion; communication; compromise; conflict resolution; dimensions; effective conversing; evaluation; feelings; fight/flight; group development; honesty; humility and gratitude; interdependence and dependence; intimacy and boundaries; judgment; knowledge; listening skills; mutuality; needs; optimism; organization; patience; power; questioning; roles; structure; tasks; tolerance; understanding; verbalizing; wit; xenophobia; yearnings; and zeal. (SM)

Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Group Experience, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Higher Education, Interpersonal Competence, Secondary Education, Teamwork

Author: Ellsworth, J-Anne


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