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The Classroom Group as a Unique Social System


by Jacob W. Getzels & Herbert A. Thelen - 1960

Wherein does the uniqueness of the classroom group lie? It lies not so much in any single differentiating feature, for we know of no single quality of the classroom group that cannot be found in other groups. Rather, the unique character of the classroom group lies in the peculiar configuration of the specific characteristics. To communicate this unique configuration, we must describe, first, the separate characteristics and, then, seek to construct from these descriptions the unique over-all pattern.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 59, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 61 Number 10, 1960, p. 53-82
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19898, Date Accessed: 11/11/2019 2:53:05 PM

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  • Jacob Getzels
    University of Chicago
    JACOB W. GETZELS is a professor of education and psychology at the University of Chicago.
  • Herbert Thelen
    University of Chicago
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    HERBERT A. THELEN is the director of the Teaching-Learning Laboratory and is a professor in the Department of Education at the University of Chicago.
 
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