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Clans, cliques, clubs, or classmates: Students of group communication should be encouraged to think critically about concepts to the groups that matter to them most—peers. Peer Groups is the first textbook to explore group communication dynamics with this vital group. Drawing on a combination of traditional and new theories, Dr. SunWolf uses an inviting writing style, shares the words and provocative thinking of real world group members, and draws on research from social psychology, communication, and group dynamics. This innovative book offers suggestions for critical thinking and new behaviors in students’ own peer groups and will inspire further exploration of small group dynamics.

Peer Groups in Childhood: Learning the Rules of Peer Play
Peer groups in childhood: Learning the rules of peer play

“You can't play” suddenly seems too overbearing and harsh, resounding like a slap from wall to wall. How casually one child determines the fate of another.

—Vivian G. Paley (American psychologist and MacArthur Fellowship–winning educator, and author of You Can't Say You Can't Play)1

Ever been picked last? If your family moved (forcing a change of schools), you probably have. If your face sprouted freckles, moles, scars, acne, or asymmetry—if you were clumsy, spoke with an accent, coped with a physical challenge, or dressed differently—you probably have been picked last by your peers. Your height, weight, hair, or skin color may have been a convenient target for the ...

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