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University of Florida CH2 Group Development Individual Group Reflection Paper

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Question Description

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Please watch a movie that involves a small group (3 or more) and analyze the group's dynamics throughout the film. There are several Pixar and/or Disney movies that involve groups, if you need a starting point. :) Please take notes during the movie (see content areas below), so that you can write a paper about the group you analyzed throughout the movie. Your paper should be in traditional essay format (Introduction, thesis, main point paragraphs, Conclusion). Have fun!

Individual Group Reflection Paper

Worth: up to 100 points per person (Individual Grade)

During the course of the semester, while working in your group on the project, you should be analyzing your group’s effectiveness. Note your members’ behaviors after each group meeting in order to recall specific examples for inclusion in your paper. An Individual Reflection Paper is required of every member and the grade assigned does not affect the grades of other members.

Your Individual Reflection Paper should be 3-5 pages in length, TYPED, and double-spaced. The paper should be well-organized in essay format and free from typographical errors. Please remember to proofread your work!

  • Group Development
    • Using the 4 Phases of Development from the textbook, describe the development of the group. How useful were these stages or phases in accurately describing group development?
  • Norms and Roles
  • Identity the group’s explicit and implicit norms. Discuss any deviation from these norms.
  • Discuss the distribution of task, maintenance, and self-centered roles.
  • Leadership
  • Did the group simply appoint a leader, or did a leader begin to emerge?
  • Using one of the leadership theories/types from your textbook, describe and analyze the leadership in the group.
  • Conflict and Participation
  • Was there equal participation by all group members?
  • What types of conflicts emerged and how did the group work through the conflicts?
  • Group Outcome
  • Discuss how effectively or ineffectively the group performed together.

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Individual Group Reflection
Group Development
Small groups are prevalent arrangements in the day to date businesses. Therefore, small
groups usually start from somewhere. Even those small groups that are established go through
various changes since members join them while others leave because they begin and accomplish
as there are changes in relationships (Nownes, 2019). Small groups go through a sequence of
phases beginning from their formation and conclusion, where they are split. Bruce Tuckman
recognizes four distinct stages of development of small groups: formation, storming, norming and
then performing. Each of the stages is useful in the development of the group.
The formation stage is very useful since most of the members are forming impressions of
one another and trying to understand what the group will be doing together. Storming is a
significant phase since group members start sharing ideas concerning what they should do and
how to do. Members of the team also begin opening up, confronting each other's ideas as well as
perspectives. The norming stage is important since it is a way to simplify choices and facilitate
collaboration as members own shared expectations regarding how work will be done. The
performing stage is very vital as members are handling tasks with a lot of interdependence since
communication and coordination is effective (Vihman, 2019). Motivation is high in the performing
stage, and members of the group have a lot of confidence in their capacity to achieve goals.
Norms and Roles
The group has both implicit and explicit norms that guide it. Some of the implicit norms in
the group include knocking the door before entering the room, not interrupting a speech by



someone in the group, saying “hello” when you are greeted by someone and switching off the light
when you are the last person leaving the room (Milner, 2018). All explicit norms are written in a
document, and they include the team’s leadership as well as what action can be taken when a
certain rule is violated. Any elements of deviance are not treated lightly, and measures are taken
to prevent deviance in future.
Tasks in the groups are equally distributed among the team members to ensure that no
forms are overburdening one another or overworking while discouraging laziness among the group
members. The first category of roles that members assume within the group is centered at
objectives that the group need to accomplish. Most of the roles are pro-social as they help the small
group in striving to achieve the goals of the group.
In the group, leadership is highly upheld as the leaders are appointed by the members of
the group based on competence and communication skills. It is important to note that good
communication skills have shaped the leader of the group into a responsible one. This is because
leadership behaviors, rather than situations and traits, have shaped an accountable leader on taskrelated functioning. The leader solicits assessment of ideas from group members before coming
up with a general view of judgement. The leader is creative in generating ideas and offering
solutions for problems, a task that the leader is wise to facilitate critical thinking and discussion.
The leadership theory is a participative one. The leader takes the input of the members of
the group into account. The leader inspires contribution and participation of the group members,
making them feel more relevant and become more committed to the process of making decisions



of the group. Just like the participative theory states, the leader of this group has the right to agree
with the input of group members.
Conflict and Participation
Since this group is very effective, all members are equally involved in the solving problems
of the group. Several perspectives are offered openly to the group and then discussed by all
members. The model used here in dealing with conflict is group discussion which is closely related
to the most effective way of problem-solving (Meyer & Meijers, 2017). The group leader manages
the differences in an amicable style and promotes versatility among the team members since the
group is small. Conversations among the group members are more evenly distributed who
effectively consider solving problems with diffe...

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