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ERIC Number: ED099937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 37
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Personalizing Group Environments: A Conceptual Approach Toward More Effective Small Group Functioning.
Beach, Wayne A.
A conceptual approach toward more effective small group functioning is undertaken in this paper to provide a basis from which empirically relevant hypotheses can be drawn and tested. This analysis views actualizing individuals as possessing the unique ability to perceive and utilize the types of behaviors which are conducive to personalizing group interaction. A self-actualizing group member: (1) is perceptive of proper communicative behaviors and able to apply them, (2) is influential in a positive fashion over other group members as a result of his natural mannerisms, (3) has the capacity for identification with others' behaviors, and (4) construes extensive personal meaning to group functioning. It is further suggested that actualizing individuals both build higher levels of interpersonal trust by engaging in supportive behaviors and effectively manage reciprocal exchanges, leading to an atmosphere conducive to frequent self-disclosures. Twenty-three plausible hypotheses are included as suggestions for further research as related to: (1) the self-actualizing group member, (2) interaction and group environment, and (3) exchange of self-disclosure as behavioral determinants within small groups. (Author/TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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