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    Schaefer (2011) defines a group as

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    Group description

    Identify the group.

    Social group or organization

    Describe the function of the social group.
    Authority and hierarchy

    Describe authority and hierarchical patterns within the group.
    Social patterns

    Describe social patterns you might find within the group, and explain their social significance.
    Conflicts

    Describe any conflicts within the group.

    Role of language

    Explain the role of language, and describe the components of nonverbal communication in the group.

    Symbols meaningful to group

    Describe and explain symbols that are meaningful to the group.

    Norms, sanctions, and values

    Describe the norms, sanctions, and values of the social group.

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    Group description: Identify the group.
    I coach a group of 25 high school boys between the ages of 15 and 18.

    Social group or organization: Describe the function of the social group.
    The group is composed of all boys, myself and two other coaches. The boys are in high school and are between the ages of 15 and 18. They are members of a soccer club that is independent from the school but most attend one specific school with only two or three boys from different schools.

    Authority and hierarchy: Describe authority and hierarchical patterns within the group.

    The head coach has overall authority. The two assistant coaches help guide the players during the drills and make sure that the coaches plans are carried out. There are two co-captains among the players who lead all the warm-up drills and also help motivate and mentor the younger players.

    Social patterns: Describe social patterns you might find within the group, and explain their social significance.
    Coaches lead primarily by explanation though at times they demonstrate how drills are to be run by actually participating. The academy level players are responsible to act maturely and serve as role models to the younger players. There is strong solidarity among the players and they are united as a group. Playing in tournaments together and winning or losing together helps develop and build this ...

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