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Week 4 Group Dynamics

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Cecelia Byers

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Group Dynamics

Refers to the ability of the team to get done what needs to be done and to share the appropriate kinds of information with one another in the pursuit of that common goal.
Two Categories of Effective Group Participation
Resolution
Group Dynamics
We all know about the anxiety and frustration that surrounds the phrase "group work". Whether it's for a school project, or collaborating at work, it seems that no one ever likes to work in groups. So why does "group work" have such a bad rap?
Reflect on your experience with working in groups. Did the groups tend to work well together or not so well? Did the group accomplish its goal/s? Why do you think this is?
What is an Effective Group?
An effective group includes members who:
work harmoniously and successfully toward accomplishing a common goal
feel valued and respected
are both influenced by and influence others in a positive manner
negotiate balance between goal-orientation and conflict management
accomplish agreed-upon tasks
do not alienate individuals or allow other individuals to dominate
What Constitutes
Effective Group
Participation?
Refers to the kind of skills needed to maintain emotional equilibrium and ensure that all participants feel safe, heard, and able to make a contribution.
Task Behaviors
Socio-Emotional Behaviors
Positive Task Behaviors
Giving...
suggestions
direction
opinions
evaluation
analysis
Expressing...
wishes
feelings
ideas
Asking
for...
approaches
guidance
thoughts
Positive
Socio-Emotional Behaviors
Demonstrating...
solidarity
satisfaction
acceptance
understanding

Contributing...
to tension release
help
feedback
Creating...
confidence
a fun atmosphere

Communication
Frustration
What has been your experience with communication within group dynamics?
Have you experienced frustration in groups? Where did this stem from?
Frustration often stems from a lack of communication
Discuss a group in the past that has worked well. What made the group successful? Can these elements be applied to every group in order to promote effective group dynamics?
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