ERIC Number: ED033279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Intellectualizing: Philosophic Inquiry in the Group Process.
Thompson, George W.
Concentrating on theory and practice on sensitivity training groups (T groups) in human relations training laboratories, this study investigates aspects of the process whereby participants are said to learn cooperatively about their group and about themselves as members. As evidenced by training "dilemmas" noted in the literature, relevant T group theory cannot describe group process fully. In addition to existing T group categories, there are categories (including that of conventions governing speech) which reflect the logical nature of an enterprise concerned with describing human action. Interventions in the group by the trainer can not only furnish comments and suggestions, but also help distribute initiative in the group and help define connections between interventions and group members. In linking up other acts with each other, or to the intervention itself, the intervention is an act of inquiry in somewhat the traditional sense. As a move in group strategy, it contributes to implicit decisions in the group regarding the freedom and responsibility of persons acting. A T group is the sum of both aspects of intervention. (author/ly)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Conflict, Doctoral Dissertations, Feedback, Group Dynamics, Interaction Process Analysis, Intervention, Investigations, Perception, Sensitivity Training, Trainers, Training Laboratories
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Authoring Institution: Cincinnati Univ., OH.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis.