The Dynamics of Instructional Groups

The Dynamics of Instructional Groups

The Dynamics of Instructional Groups

The Dynamics of Instructional Groups

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Part II of the Fifty-ninth Yearbook of the National Society marks the publication of the one-hundred-thirteenth separately bound volume representing the Society's interest in the extension and improvement of educational opportunities in public and private schools. The selection of problems for investigation has been the responsibility of the administrative officers of the Society through the years, although suggestions are frequently presented to the Board of Directors by other persons who are interested in the Society's publication program. One of the new movements in education during the last quarter of a century is commonly known as group dynamics and has been the subject of discussion at several Board meetings from the point of view of a possible source of valuable additions to the Society's series of yearbooks.

At the meeting of the Board of Directors in May, 1956, Mr. Olson, Chairman of the Board, commented on his consultations with several persons working in the area of group dynamics and suggested that it might be advisable to explore the possible development of plans for a yearbook on the subject of "the class as a group." The Board then requested Mr. Olson to invite several specialists in the field of group dynamics to assist him in preparing a formal report for the Board to consider at its next meeting. At the meeting of the Board in October, Mr. Olson presented an outline of the plan for the preparation of a yearbook which was developed by Professor Gale Jensen, of the University of Michigan. Professor Jensen was invited to attend the ensuing meeting of the Board to be held in Atlantic City in February, 1957. At that time the Board approved the proposed plan of the yearbook, appointed the yearbook committee with Professor Jensen as chairman, and authorized an appropriation of funds to defray expenses of the necessary meetings and services of the yearbook committee.

As the work of the yearbook committee progressed, new insights on the part of participants prompted the questioning of the original title of the proposed volume as inadequate with respect to the scope of the investigations conducted at the Research Center as well as certain unanticipated disclosures relating to the heightened . . .

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