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SOCIOL 41Professor

SchusterLecture

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**preview**shows half of the first page. to view the full**2 pages of the document.**Sociology 41

Small Group Dynamics - Small Group Behaviors

Professor Schuster

Course Code: 69150

4 Unit Course

Key: Subjects/topics discussed in class

Notes: Lecture 20

***Boundary control Overview

● Methods of Boundary Control

○ Physical barriers

○ Psychological barriers

○ Linguistic barriers

○ Rules

○ Roles

○ Networks

● Group Size

○ Number in group - interactions possible

■ 2-2

■ 3-9

■ 4-28

■ 5-75

■ 6-186

■ 7-441

■ 8-1056

○ Triad

■ 1. A to B, C to A, A to B and C

■ 2. B to A, B to C, B to A and C

■ 3. A to C, C to B, C to A and B

● Group Size and Complexity

○ Variation in size affects group transactions

■ 1. Larger groups have more nonparticipation than smaller groups

■ 2. Smaller groups inhibit overt disagreement and signs of dissatisfaction

more than larger groups

■ 3. As groups increase in size, cooperation decreases

■ 4. Group members tend to be less satisfied with groups of 10 or more

■ The Best size for a group is the smallest size capable of performing the

task effectively

○ Effects of increasing group size

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