The Small Group and Agency Goal Attainment

By Murray E. Ortof

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1963

The social service aspects of small group experience remain virtually unexplored in a systematic sense. Since we have no measuring tools with which to evaluate our groups, our work has been based on success stories, strong impressions and practical experiences about how we think we have reached some groups and members. From among the myriad of complicating factors that make research difficult, such as the variations within our agencies, their functions, types, program, calibre and quantity of professional staff, this paper will choose two for discussion. One is that group work, as William Schwartz stated, seems clearer in its ideological commitments than in its practice guidelines. It is philosophically rather than methodologically oriented, resulting in the lack of preciseness in stating agency goals. The other factor to be discussed is the assumptions generally taken to be self-evident. Finally, some areas of study will be identified, formulated and discussed.

Topic: Social Work, Research, Evaluation

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 40/No. 2

Page Number(s): 197-206

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Ortof, Murray E. The Small Group and Agency Goal Attainment. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1963: 197-206.


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