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Process of Group Interaction
Transcript of Process of Group Interaction
"No man is an island."
The three important processes of group interaction are:
5. Social Control
-A small group rarely has access to legal or formal sanctions, yet it exercises profound control over individuals.
-refers to the degree of attraction members feel for the group.
3. Communication Patterns
-Interaction of group members can either be facilitated or retarded by patterns of communication.
Important factors affect the kind of interaction people experience in a small group (Brinkerhoff & White, 1988):
Factors Affecting Small Group Interaction
-a famous line from John Donne's "Meditation XVII"
- means that one cannot live alone
-an important criterion in the concept of sociology
Social interaction or interpersonal behavior of group members
-The closer the distance of people, the more the interaction; the farther the distance, the lesser the interaction.
-a social process whereby two or more groups consciously seeks blocks one another in achieving a desired goal, or to defeat or annihilate one another.
-a struggle-over scarce resources-that is not regulated shared rules.
Module 3-Lesson 3:
Process of Group Interaction
To learn social behavior, one has to study the most common and familiar of social units
-- the Group
-it is an interaction that occurs when people work together to achieve shared goals or promote common interests
-People banding themselves together in a cooperative effort can achieve otherwise unobtainable goal.
-People cooperate with one another to provide mutual protection from external threat and to meet group as well as individual needs efficiently.
- It occurs when individuals or groups struggle to reach the same goal.
-exists because of scarcity of resources: money, power, prestige, honor, etc.
-The ultimate aim is to reach the goal, not to harm or destroy the other rivals or competitors.
-regulated by shared rules.
-The smaller the size of a group, the higher the interaction; and the bigger the size, the lesser interaction.
a. All-channel network
b. Circle pattern
c. Wheel Pattern
-Generally, a group strives to arrive at a consensus.
-Decisions should be agreeable to every member.
Importance of Group Size in Social Relationship
Findings of Georg Simmel:
Dyad, a social group with two members, is typically less stable than a group with many members.
Social interaction in a dyad is typically more intense than in other groups.
Triad, a social group with three members, gives stability not found in a dyad.
A larger group with more than three members tends to be more stable than a smaller one because even if several members lose interest, the group’s existence is not directly threatened.
A larger social group usually develops a more formal social structure, a variety of statuses and roles, and certain rules and regulations that stabilize its operation. However, a larger social group inevitably lacks intense personal interaction.