This book is the report of an experiment designed to reveal effective ways of teaching individual and group skills required for productive living in modern society"". So it starts- and successive chapters explore the procedures of the workshop project in social research. The workshop was a cooperative venture combining a state team in the capacity of trainers, and community teams as trainees. The text discusses the composition of the groups, outlines the steps and measurement techniques, the publicity, the summary of training needs, the specific plans for the workshop itself during its two weeks' period. First there was to be the laboratory approach to problem diagnosis and action analysis; then the practicing of action skills. Part of the text follows one group day by day, with ultimately a summary outline of community reports on the projects undertaken for six Connecticut towns. These projects included educational problems, intercultural relations, tensions, juvenile delinquency, etc. Final chapters appraise the content of the discussions, the functions of leaders and groups, the results determinable in group and individual thinking, the factors influencing the effectiveness of the experiment. An appendix provides guide sheets for preliminary field trips. Bibliography.... Of specialized interest for social workers, community project groups, etc.