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Lecture 20

SOCIOL 41 Lecture Notes - Lecture 20: Arthur Schuster


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCIOL 41
Professor
Schuster
Lecture
20

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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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