ERIC Number: ED025477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
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What Is Sensitivity Training?
News and Reports from NTL Institute for Behavioral Science, v2 n2 p1-2 Apr 1968
Sensitivity training is one type of experience-based learning in which participants work together in a small group over an extended period of time learning through analysis of their own experiences. The primary setting is the T Group (T for training) in which a staff member sets up an ambiguous situation which allows participants to choose the roles they will play while observing and reacting to the behavior of other members and in turn having an impact on them. The perceptions and reactions are the data for learning. T-Group theory emphasizes each participant's responsibility for his own learning, the staff person's role of facilitating examination and understanding, provision for detailed examination required to draw valid generalizations, creation of authentic interpersonal relationships which facilitate honest and direct communication, and the development of new skills in working with people. Goals of sensitivity training are to allow participants to gain a picture of the impact that they make on others and to facilitate the study of group dynamics and of larger organizational concepts such as status, influence, division of labor, and styles of managing conflict. Research on sensitivity training is rather scarce and often subject to serious methodological problems, but some generalizations can be supported. (Included with notes on research is a list of recommended readings from seven sources.) (JS)
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Group Behavior, Group Dynamics, Group Experience, Individual Development, Interpersonal Competence, Learning, Sensitivity Training, Training Methods
National Training Labs, Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, 1201 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (Reprint of article).
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Note: An excerpt from a paper written for Wayne State University's Dept. of Political Science Mid-Career Educ. Project, April 1968.