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"This is a practical book, clear and succinct. . . . Wherever learning is not purely cognitive there is risk. And where there is risk a guide is welcome. This book claims to be such a guide and the claim is justified." --Groupwork "If you ascribe to their approach and have found it useful in the past, this book is for you. . . . This book will introduce and orientate you to the history of laboratory training methods, the educational philosophy on which they stand, and how practitioners of this field work with and deal with stress reactions in groups. . . . In this regard--for a select audience--the book is excellent. It certainly meets the author's desire to serve as: "a reference, a refresher, an institutional aid, a frame of reference, or conceptualizing aid.' . . . In terms of humanising and imaginatively using a cognitive approach to the small group the authors excel. The language is inviting and the text illuminates the authors' world view. . . . For those who wish to explore or pursue the model described and hear from practitioners immersed in the field, I fully commend this work." --Management Education & Development Laboratory education for the purpose of raising awareness is an important form of emotional learning. By studying individual reactions during affective education sessions, the trainer or facilitator is able to lead the group to greater self awareness. The Small Group Trainer's Survival Guide is designed for the leaders of training groups who need to know how to deal with the participants' emotional reactions. Embarrassment, anger, fear of failure, anxiety about authority, and many other emotions are considered in this important volume. The authors skillfully guide readers through the laboratory education process, highlighting its theoretical foundations and the role of the trainer, as well as the recognition, prevention, and management of distress reactions in a group setting. Illuminating case studies provide lessons for thinking through effective interventions. Depending on one's skill in laboratory education, this volume serves as a reference, a refresher, an instructional aid, or a conceptualizing aid for experienced or novice trainers. All who use experiential, affective methods in learning--in classes, workshops, laboratories, or other settings--will find much of value in The Small Group Trainer's Survival Guide.

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