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ERIC Number: ED501799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul-24
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Dimensions of Group Interaction
Dawidowicz, Paula
Online Submission, Paper presented at Walden University Summer Conference (Jul 24, 2008)
The correlation between positive and negative group interactions and one or another of individuals' attitudes or characteristics--moral development, critical thinking, resilience, and self efficacy--has been examined previously. However, no systemic examination of individuals' development of patterns of these characteristics and those patterns' potential correlations with either positive or negative group interactions has ever been conducted. Building on divergent previous research, including intergroup salience and acceptance research and group dynamics research, this paper posits the importance of examining individuals' positive or negative group interaction behaviors and attitudes not just as individual factors, but as systemic patterns among factors such as critical thinking, moral, resilience, and self-efficacy development. The reality is that most, if not all, individuals will not develop each of these skill areas optimally. Knowledge about the nature of these patterns and their correlations to intergroup interactions would allow expansive social change if used to foster development of positive patterns and help ameliorate negative patterns in future adults through the development of appropriate educational and community-based programs.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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