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Ch 51: AEPA: Social Groups & Organizations

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In the state of Arizona, the NES: Middle Grades Social Science has replaced the AEPA: Middle Grades Social Science. As you study for the certification exam, use this chapter to review types of social groups, styles of leadership, forms of social interactions and theories of social groups and organizations.

AEPA: Social Groups & Organizations - Chapter Summary

These video lessons and assessments have been put together to help you improve your understanding of social groups and the social interactions that occur within them. Watch the video series to review styles of leadership, group influences on members, and group organization. The videos are mobile-device-compatible so that even when you are not at your computer you can still review:

  • Primary, secondary and reference groups
  • Authoritarian, laissez-faire and democratic styles of leadership
  • Normative conformity, informational conformity and groupthink
  • Social loafing and social facilitation
  • Dyads vs. triads
  • In-groups vs. out-groups
  • Utilitarian, normative and coercive organizational structures
  • Theories of Max Weber and George Ritzer

These lessons are taught by our expert instructors who are available to answer questions about chapter topics to help you can master the material. Following these lessons, be sure to test your retention by taking the lesson quizzes. Whenever you find topics you don't understand, use the handy video tags to return to the exact spot in the lesson where these topics are discussed.

AEPA: Social Groups & Organizations Objectives

The Nation Evaluation Series (NES): Middle Grades Social Science exam is used to certify future middle grades social science teachers. This computer-based test is composed of 150 multiple-choice questions administered in a 180-minute testing session. Nineteen percent of the exam questions fall under the domain: Geography and Culture.

9 Lessons in Chapter 51: AEPA: Social Groups & Organizations
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Types of Social Groups: Primary, Secondary and Reference Groups

1. Types of Social Groups: Primary, Secondary and Reference Groups

The study of social groups is a main focus of many sociologists. In this lesson, we define social groups and differentiate between several different types including primary, secondary, and reference groups.

Leadership Styles and Types: Authoritarian, Laissez-Faire & Democratic

2. Leadership Styles and Types: Authoritarian, Laissez-Faire & Democratic

Most of us are members of many different social groups, and several of those groups have leaders. In this lesson, we define and discuss both instrumental and expressive leadership in groups. We also cover three leadership decision-making styles: authoritarian, democratic, and laissez-faire.

Social Conformity Definition: Normative vs. Informational

3. Social Conformity Definition: Normative vs. Informational

Social conformity and obedience are two very powerful phenomenons in human behavior and sociology. In this lesson, we discuss the two types of social conformity and differentiate between conformity and obedience. We also discuss two famous experiments by Solomon Asch and Stanley Milgram.

Groupthink: Definition & Examples

4. Groupthink: Definition & Examples

Some groups are quick to make decisions to maintain cohesion, but this can be a critical mistake to make. This lesson explains the concept of groupthink using the Challenger explosion as an example.

Social Loafing & Social Facilitation: Definition and Effects of Groups

5. Social Loafing & Social Facilitation: Definition and Effects of Groups

Do you prefer to work in a group or by yourself? Why? Working in a group certainly has a number of advantages and disadvantages. In this lesson, we discuss three phenomena that can occur as a result of working in groups: groupthink, social loafing, and social facilitation.

Social Groups: Dyad and Triad & In-Groups and Out-Groups

6. Social Groups: Dyad and Triad & In-Groups and Out-Groups

How big are your social groups? How do you decide who to include in those groups? In this lesson, we discuss how group size can affect group dynamics and relationships. We also discuss group membership and differentiate between in-groups and out-groups.

Formal Organization Structure: Utilitarian, Normative & Coercive

7. Formal Organization Structure: Utilitarian, Normative & Coercive

Our modern society is filled with groups of people that range from small families to giant corporations. In this lesson, we discuss the characteristics that must be present in order for a group to be considered a formal organization. We also discuss the differences between coercive, utilitarian, and normative organizations.

Max Weber: Verstehen and the Rationalization of Society

8. Max Weber: Verstehen and the Rationalization of Society

Max Weber's work has had a profound impact on sociology. In this lesson, we define and discuss his theory of rationalization and how it has changed social groups and society as a whole over time. We also discuss Weber's other related theories of Verstehen and the iron cage.

George Ritzer and the McDonaldization of Society: Definition and Principles

9. George Ritzer and the McDonaldization of Society: Definition and Principles

George Ritzer authored 'The McDonaldization of Society' in 1993, and it remains one of the bestselling sociology books of all time. In this lesson, we discuss his concept of McDonaldization and the four main characteristics of McDonaldization that he describes.

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