The Teacher should study Group Dynamics

January 6th, 2010 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Dynamics means changing.   Group dynamics began as an identifiable field of inquiry in the United States at the end of the 1930s. Kurt Lewin had popularized the term Group Dynamics. Teachers can change the behaviour of the child through interaction in the group. He/she deals with the child for five to six hours daily. To make the teaching effective, the teacher must study group dynamics in a small group. e.g stars children are liked by the majority of the students. The teacher should make a combination of stars and isolates or rejected students together and try to change the behaviour of isolate or rejected pupil.

It refers to the forces which operate in a group situation. It studies the structure of the group and other phenomena which emerge out of group interaction.

View of Krech and Crutchfield—-Group dynamics implies changes that take place within a group.

According to Cartwright and Zander-“Group dynamics is a field of inquiry dedicated to advancing knowledge about the nature of the groups, the laws of their development and their interrelations with individuals, other groups and larger institutions.”

Class is a collection of pupils coming from different socio-economic backgrounds. Teachers should know the process of interaction among students. If the teacher is well equipped with the basic knowledge of group dynamics, it can provide better guidance for adjustment. Teachers can improve the emotional and social atmosphere of the class.

The knowledge of group dynamics is important as our joint family system is dying out. The nuclear family is not able to provide a sense of security, co-operation, affection due to the busy schedule of life. Adolescents need shelter, love, recreation, and motivation from the group. The teacher should know how adolescents form groups and what is the structure of groups in general.

Mental health is an important factor in the learning process. If there are conflicts, rivalry, fear, anxiety in the group, learning will be disturbed. The teacher can find out the reason for the emotional and social anxiety of the pupils and can use remedial measures to maintain a conducive environment in the classroom.

The teacher should understand the students and make the proper sitting arrangements. The teacher must also see that the groups are not formed based on caste, creed, and religion.

The teacher can change the behaviour of the group and maintain a conducive environment. These are the reasons why a teacher should study group dynamics.

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5 Responses

  1. nitesh tripathi Says:

    good morning miss

  2. Lachelle Says:

    Thank you for sharing….wish you best of luck:),Tabea

  3. Quanshae Says:

    I hope you will update your blog with some new themes.,Tabea

  4. Farah Says:

    Great post. I totally agree with the sentiment expressed here.,Tabea

  5. Bacilio Says:

    I’m happy to see this.,Tabea

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