ERIC Number: ED430126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Fantastic Facilitator: Engaging Activities for Leading Groups.
Duttweiler, Patricia Cloud
This document is designed to help facilitators with the formation and development of effective teams of people who have no previous history as a team and no training in group processes. Part 1 provides a narrative explanation of the stages of group development (investing in membership, forming attachments to subgroups, confronting/debating issues, sharing responsibility) and the following aspects of developing effective groups: becoming a skilled facilitator (coordinating team-building activities, guiding the agenda, clarifying the group's goals, keeping discussions on topic; equalizing participation, soliciting feedback, testing for agreement, identifying and implementing decisions); developing a cooperative-goal structure (establishing a climate of trust, establishing open and complete communication, using positive behavior strategies, rewarding group accomplishment); handling controversy constructively (guidelines for constructive controversy, how to tell whether controversy has been handled constructively); making effective decisions; and improving group effectiveness. Concluding part 1 is a list of six resources. Part 2 is an activities section that contains the strategies, processes, and activities mentioned in part 1. Among the activities included are the following: team-building activities; personality orientation checklist; positive behavior cards; group discussion activities; questionnaires; simulations and role play activities; and participant reaction forms. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Check Lists, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Group Behavior, Group Dynamics, Leaders Guides, Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Training, Learning Activities, Questionnaires, Role Playing, Self Evaluation (Groups), Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teamwork
National Dropout Prevention Center, College of Health, Education, and Human Development, Clemson University, 209 Martin Street, Clemson, SC 29634-0726; Tel: 864-656-2599; Web site: http://www.dropoutprevention.org/ ($24.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson, SC.