Group analysis – Applying theory in practice
Type: Assignment 2
Learning Objectives Assessed: 2, 3, 4, 6
21 Jan 19 23:59
Word length: 3000 (not including references)
For this assignment you will be analysing the nature and effective operation of a group with which you are familiar. You will find the assignment easier if your group is one with which you have a reasonably long-term and close connection. However, your group does not have to be like this. It could be quite flexible such as a sporting team, housemates, or volunteers on a project etc. It needs to have enough elements to make your assessment of the group meaningful and comprehensive. Preferably it should be one you can ask to do a practical group exercise with you.
You are to document a full analysis of the structure of, development of and interaction within your chosen group, and present your material in ways which most effectively deliver the information about your group. You will choose a Group to analyse and also apply or reflect on a Group technique. Please check with course staff (on discussion board, or by email if you need to keep your ideas confidential) if you are not sure about your choice.
To prepare a REPORT you need to do the following:
A. Select your group and analyse your group – A group can be informal eg. family or a group of friends (as friends club), sports team etc or formal Work place, Associations etc. Collect all the relevant information (reports, observations, interviews and/or survey instruments).
- Apply (or reflect on) a group technique – Choose a group technique and analyse how the process went. What actually happened? Did it go according to plan?
We prefer you to actually conduct a group technique, e.g. brainstorming, with your group. Where this is not possible, you could conduct one by yourself, about the group (e.g. a fishbone analysis about how the group operates).
- Use the following format to prepare your REPORT:
• Make the readers want to hear more about your selected group
• Tell the readers how your presentation is going to be organised
• Set the stage for the conclusion.2. Analytical discussion (body of the report)
• Describe the selected group – general information (historical perspective of the group, functions, objectives, etc.)
• Describe the structure of the group, the norms which are operating in the group and level of cohesion
• Describe the stages of development of this group
• Discuss the task behaviour and maintenance behaviour within the group
• Analyse the roles played by executive members of the group (analyse team role behaviour)
• Discuss the leadership structure and roles
• Analyse conflicts of interest in this group and its management strategies
• Analyse any dysfunctional behaviour and its effect on group goal achievement
• Assess the effectiveness of this group.
- Group Technique
- What topic was chosen or negotiated with the group and why?
• What group technique was chosen and why?
• Discuss how the process went.5. Conclusions and recommendations
• Summarise your arguments and conclude what this group demonstrates about group processes, leadership and conflict management.
• What recomendations could you ( or other members) make to improve the functioning of this group?
Personal learning: What have you learnt from conducting this analysis?
7. References – at least six references required.
Reference MUST be made to your course materials and to readings. Read the referencing systems carefully and cite the reference(s) in the appropriate place and manner in your report. Use Harvard Gatton (see UQ website) for your referencing. Note: the minimum six references required are in addition to the course modules and lectures and should be refereed works, i.e. books or journal articles, not websites. Please also note that the course materials – modules and lectures must be cited correctly and in the same manner as in Assignment 1.
You have to demonstrate your professionalism in analysing and preparing this report. Be tactful and understanding about any challenges the group experiences.
This paper analyses a group activity carried out by five members who were all classmates at the university. Our group’s main activity was a collaborative drawing that we decided to participate in. Collaborative drawing was preferred for this activity because we realized during the brainstorming activity that we all preferred to come up with something creative. In this paper, I describe the procedures and group techniques that we employed in the team activity. The first part of this paper entails group description where the general information about the team, its structure, and stages of development are presented. The second phase involves analysis of the group activities, team members’ roles and activities, leadership, conflict and team dysfunction, and team effectiveness are discussed. This is followed by discussion on group facilitation, where the group technique, nature of the project, and description of the process and results obtained are presented. As the paper concludes, recommendations on how to improve team effectiveness in the future based on the challenges and shortcomings observed are presented. Moreover, a reflection on personal learning during the group activity is also presented at the last part of this reflection report.