ERIC Number: EJ722260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Group Chaos Theory: A Metaphor and Model for Group Work
Rivera, Edil Torres; Wilbur, Michael; Frank-Saraceni, James; Roberts-Wilbur, Janice; Phan, Loan T.; Garrett, Michael T.
Journal for Specialists in Group Work, v30 n2 p111-134 Jun 2005
Group phenomena and interactions are described through the use of the chaos theory constructs and characteristics of sensitive dependence on initial conditions, phase space, turbulence, emergence, self-organization, dissipation, iteration, bifurcation, and attractors and fractals. These constructs and theoretical tenets are presented as applicable metaphors to benefit, expand, and enhance group work practice and knowledge. Guidelines are suggested for application, as well as mathematical research models and procedures that may better address the nonlinear dimensions of groups. Suggestions for future group practice and research are also provided.
Descriptors: Fractals, Figurative Language, Physics, Mathematical Models, Research, Group Dynamics, Guidelines, Groups
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