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dc.contributor.authorJaeger, Elizabeth L.
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-16T16:59:58Z
dc.date.available2020-01-16T16:59:58Z
dc.date.issued2019-12-06
dc.identifier.citationJaeger, E. L. (2019). Not the Desired Outcome: Groupthink Undermines the Work of a Literacy Council. Small Group Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/1046496419890684en_US
dc.identifier.issn1046-4964
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1046496419890684
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/636473
dc.description.abstractA history of school reform failure has prompted concern among literacy researchers and practitioners alike. This article considers the case of a school Literacy Council and its unsuccessful efforts to improve the school's literacy environment. Mobilizing Janis's notion of groupthink, I examine discourse among group members and suggest that characteristics of groupthink-problematic antecedents cultivating troubling decision-making symptoms-led to unsuccessful outcomes. During times of low stress, Literacy Council members collaborated effectively, but when the principal's unilateral curricular decision raised stress levels, the group succumbed to groupthink and experienced failure. This study offers implications for other groups which are shaken by a late-emerging threat. I argue that groupthink theory shines light on problems with group interaction. An awareness of precursors to and symptoms of groupthink may support work teams as they propose and enact important change.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS INCen_US
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2019en_US
dc.subjectcase studyen_US
dc.subjectdecision makingen_US
dc.subjectgroupthinken_US
dc.subjectmeetingsen_US
dc.subjectteachersen_US
dc.titleNot the Desired Outcome: Groupthink Undermines the Work of a Literacy Councilen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniv Arizona, Dept Teaching Learning & Sociocultural Studiesen_US
dc.identifier.journalSMALL GROUP RESEARCHen_US
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item from the UA Faculty Publications collection is made available by the University of Arizona with support from the University of Arizona Libraries. If you have questions, please contact us at repository@u.library.arizona.edu.en_US
dc.eprint.versionFinal accepted manuscripten_US
dc.source.beginpage104649641989068
refterms.dateFOA2020-01-16T16:59:59Z


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