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Small Group Communication v2

Version 2
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Erik Carter

on 18 November 2012

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Transcript of Small Group Communication v2

Members Erik Carter Kelly Luna Daniel Field What are small groups and teams? is a collection of individuals who are connected with a common purpose. They are independent with some degree of organization and see themselves as a group Small Groups... A Team... is a small group that has a specific purpose or task. Some characteristics are:
Members have clearly defined roles
They are committed to achieving the identified goal.
More focused on Content Small Group Stages 1. Opening
Consist of greeting or getting acquainted 2. Feed forward
Identify the needs and goals of the group 3. Business
Work on the problem-solving together 4. Feedback
Reflect on what’s done and review what’s on progress 5. Closing
Exchange Closing comments then return their focus as individuals Small Group Formats Small Group Cultures Small Group Norms – rules or standards of behavior identifying which behaviors are considered appropriate and which are considered inappropriate Role expectations – what each person is expected to do.
Cohesiveness – members are closely connected, attracted, and depend on one another to meet your needs. Power in the Small Group Power – enables one person to control the behaviors of others. Six types of powers: Legitimate – position influences or control others behavior Referent – others wish to be like you or identified with you Reward – the ability to give others rewards Coercive – the ability to remove rewards or to administer punishments. Expert – regarded as having expertise or knowledge Information – (persuasion power) someone who can communicate logically and persuasively. Idea-Generation Groups…. are small groups that exist solely to generate ideas and often follow a pattern called brainstorming. Brainstorming... is a technique for bombarding a problem and generating as many ideas as possible. Brainstorming has four general rules that are followed. Brainstorming Rules Rule #1 Don't Criticize Rule #2 Strive for Quantity Rule #3 Combine and Expand Ideas Rule #4 Develop the wildest ideas possible Personal Growth Groups... … referred to as support groups, they aim to help members cope with particular difficulties – such as drug addiction and alcoholic addiction Three well-known types of personal growth groups are: the encounter group, the assertiveness training groups, and the consciousness-raising groups Encounter groups – try to facilitate members’ personal growth and foster their ability to deal effectively with other people Assertiveness training group – aims to increase the willingness of its members to stand up for their rights and to act more assertively in a wide variety of situations Consciousness-raising group – aims to help people cope with the problems society confronts them with Information-Sharing Groups… … purpose is to enable members to acquire new information or skills through sharing of knowledge. Educational or Learning Groups – members share their knowledge to the benefit of all. Focus Groups – a small group assembled for a kind of in-dept interview. Problem-Solving Groups... is a collection of individuals who meet to solve a problem or to reach a decision The problem-solving sequence - a technique that is used most often for this group. Problem-Solving Sequence Activity Activity
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