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Group Dynamics in Recreation and Leisure

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Group Dynamics in Recreation and Leisure
Creating Conscious Groups Through and Experiential Approach

By Timothy S. O'Connell & Brent Cuthbertson
Soft Cover, 256 pages, © 2008

This book introduces group dynamics theory and current research as it applies to recreation and leisure settings. It presents the key concepts and terms, a brief history of the field and the various theories and models of group development.

The text then explains the concept of the conscious group, its nature and components and applies experiential learning theory to working with these groups. It moves beyond theory to show students that their understanding of group dynamics can be a meaningful and realistic tool.Students will learn to apply the theory to the practical factors and issues involved in leading and working with conscious groups.

They'll explore group goal setting; clarification of objectives and expectations; processes for decision making and problem solving; positive communication; ethics, morals, and values; effective leadership of recreation groups and the effects of conflict, power, gender and environment on group functioning.

Throughout the book, case studies, scenarios and examples from leisure services, parks, tourism and education help students understand and apply the information. This will be an ideal textbook for undergraduate students in group dynamics courses; supplemental text for students enrolled in core courses in recreation, leisure services, parks and tourism programming, leadership and management.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Group Dynamics;
Chapter 2. Group Formation and Development Theory;
Chapter 3. The Conscious Group;
Chapter 4. Group Goals, Objectives, and Expectations;
Chapter 5. Values, Ethics, and Morals;
Chapter 6. Decision Making and Problem Solving;
Chapter 7. Power and Conflict;
Chapter 8. Gender in Group Dynamics;
Chapter 9. Group Leadership;
Chapter 10 Environmental Impacts on Groups;
Chapter 11. Strengths, Weaknesses and Myths in Group Dynamics;
Chapter 12. Crowds and the Mob Mentality;
Chapter 13. Alternative Groups;
Chapter 14. Diversity and Difference

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