Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications
Journal presents critical and comparative reviews of recent and
classic books related to group facilitation. These guidelines include
recommendations for writing and submitting a review, information about the
review cycle and reviewer qualifications.
What we are looking for:
- people familiar with the conceptual and practical sides of facilitation
and who are willing to spend the time required to write interesting and
thought provoking reviews.
- reviews of books that address facilitation and related issues, such as
consensus decision making, participatory problem solving and group
- in-depth and critical reviews that help readers decide whether or not
the books reviewed are ones that they should consider reading.
- comparative reviews of two or more books that differentiate, compare
and contrast the books and thoroughly examine the strengths and weaknesses.
- reviews that place the book in the context of other literature.
When writing a review, please include:
- overall impression of the book
- the highlights and structure of the book
- for whom the book would be appropriate
- what you found particularly helpful, unclear, weak
- your personal learning, if any
- particular benefits to you in your facilitation, if any
- value of the book for facilitators, if any
- significant contribution of the book, if any, to the field of
- your recommendation of "must read" portions of the book, if
- a summary or wrap-up of your reading experience.
- provide definitions of terms, acronyms, references, and background
summary statements where appropriate.
- where necessary, be sure to include complete citations and
- identify specific texts (usually a sentence or phrase) for possible use
in pull quotes.
- publisher; ISBN designation; price ($US); where to purchase (i.e all
major bookstores or telephone number for direct ordering if the book is not
widely available commercially).
- background about the book author: facilitation experience and/or other
Submitting a Review
- Reviews are typically between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Submissions
should be sent via email in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or Rich Text (RTF)
- If you are interested in being considered as a possible
book reviewer for the Journal, please send a writing sample of 500 - 1000
words to Stephen Thorpe,