The Small Group in Theory and in Social Work Practice
Good, Ginnie Fern
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In the study of small groups it has seemed to me we have found an important potential for helping people adjust to changing environments and social situations. My interest in social work and public welfare has led me to the exploration this paper represents. So often there is a rift between the sociology practiced by social workers in the field and the sociological researchers in the laboratory, with little attempt to coordinate their findings. My objective in this paper is, then, to first explore the current theory relating to small groups, then to examine the extent and situations in which social welfare workers are using groups, and evaluating the effects of the practice in terms of the theory presented. The first chapter will deal with a definition of "small group", a survey of theories and leaders in the research of small groups and concepts of interaction, leadership and change. It includes the hypotheses of many studies and the practical application of these ideas by extensive group workers. The second chapter will report on actual group work done within the confines of public and voluntary social welfare agencies, and my evaluation.