Making Groups Work: Rethinking Practice by Joan Benjamin

By Joan Benjamin

Such a lot folks paintings in them, so much folks stay in them. a few are complicated, a few are easy. a few meet just once whereas others final for many years. no matter what shape they take, teams are principal to our lives. Making teams paintings deals a finished advent to the most important concerns in crew paintings. It outlines the function of teams and the historical past of team paintings, discusses staff politics, and indicates how teams will help advertise social switch. certain case stories are used to make the an important hyperlink among thought and perform. The authors additionally supply suggestions for making teams paintings successfully. Making teams paintings is key examining for social employees, medical examiners, counsellors, group staff, formative years employees, running shoes and somebody else attracted to operating with teams. it's also an outstanding introductory textual content for college students and a convenient reference for pros.

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After listening to a number of different ideas about group composition, people concluded that ongoing changes would be disruptive, while a stable membership would assist in building trust and openness between members and a sense of group identity. We also considered the optimum size of the group and, given earlier comments and the practical issues associated with communication and translation, space and transport, identified that any more than Making groups work 24 twelve would begin to limit people's opportunity to contribute to and have a sense of being part of the group.

In 1910, increasing numbers of Australian boys had had contact with Robert BadenPowell's Scouts. That movement provided yet another model of `child-saving', with a distinct emphasis on using small groups to educate and discipline young people. The Boy Scout statement of its policy argued in terms with which few of the diverse youth work agencies in the first half of this century would disagree: The characteristic method of training the scout is by admitting him a member of a desired fraternity which, guided by adult leadership, is increasingly self-governing in its successive age groups; by opening to him a succession of congenial activities and achievements in a largely outdoor setting and opportunities for service to others .

Such activities were directed towards trying to prevent `naturally innocent' children from discovering the evils of precocious exposure to paid work, masturbation, alcohol use, sexual experimentation or idleness. It was a prelude to the discovery and manufacture of a new stage in the life cycle called `adolescence' (Stanley-Hall 1904). Supervised group activities for children and adolescents became and remain a feature of most modern `youth work'. From Sunday Schools and the first Young Men's Christian Association (1847) through to the Boy Scout movement of 1907, a plethora of youth clubs and organisations spread across Britain.

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