Groups: Where Should the Action Be?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 134–135. Reviews the book, Group Process, Group Decision, Group Action by Robert S. Baron, Norbert L. Kerr, and Norman Miller (1992). This volume provides an important service in summarizing the research literature on groups in a number of topic areas. It is exemplary in its careful analysis of the theory and findings. The authors highlight the limitations of various topic areas, but they are not afraid to derive “best” conclusions based on the available data Although they have a solid grasp of the literature, they do not overwhelm the reader with complexities. Their aim appears to be to present the broad outline of results for those who would like to know the latest about group research. The quality and approach of the various chapters are similar, and the volume is well suited for use as a textbook in courses on groups. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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