Critical Analysis of Group Work

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After completing the group task of preparing a presentation on, transferring individual facilitation skills into a group work setting I will critically reflect upon my own participation. I will evaluate my self-awareness while working in the group, as well as those around me. The way that I personally dealt with any issues that arose within the group and how that affected the group dynamics. I will also briefly discuss the roles in which each member of the group took and how role allocation affected, the group dynamics and the working relationships. Finally I will evaluate my work having discussed it with my fellow group members. In order to evaluate my role within the group it is important to identify what makes a group. A group must firstly consist of more than three members, “Two members have personal relationships; with three or more there is a change in quality” of the personal relationship. (Bion 1961, p26) The group must have a common purpose or a goal in order to succeed. Having now completed my group work task, I can look back and reflect upon the process that my group went thought it get to the presentation end point. Firstly my group had to form (Kottler, Englar-Carlson 2010 p.93). There are many theories on how groups come together and the stages they go though. Tuckman is a commonly used theories due to the simple nature of his five stage theory. Tuckman believes that in order for a group to form they must go through his five stages: forming, storming, norming and performing (Tuckman 1965 p.17). In 1977 along side Jensen Tuckman added mourning to his process. Tuckman’s theory of development claims, “In the first stage of team development or organization, individuals come together to establish the ground ru... ... middle of paper ... ...in Groups and other papers. London: Tavistock Publications. BENSON, J.E. 1987. Working More Creatively with Groups. 2nd edn. London: Routledge COREY, G. COREY, M.S. CALLANAN, P. RUSSELL, J.M. 2004. Group Techniques. 3rd edn. London: Thomson Learning COREY, M.S. COREY, G. COREY, C. 2010. Groups: Process and Practice. 8TH edn. Canada: Brooks/ Cole JAMES, N. 2010. Individual and Group Work Facilitation Skills. Newport: Newport University Press. KOTTLER, J.A. ENGLAR-CARLSON, M. 2010. Learning Group Leadership, An Experiential Approach. 2nd edn. London: Sage TUCKMAN, B. 1965. Developmental Sequences in Small Groups. Psychological Bulletin 63, p 384 – 99. cited in DOEL, M. and SAWDON, C. (2001). The Essential Group Worker: Teaching and Learning Creative Group Work. London: J Kingsley. SCHNEIDER, M. 2003. Building a Team. New York: Delmar Learning
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