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required Portfolio assignment due in Week Four will give you
experience observing and interacting with people outside
of the classroom. It
has been designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop
skills, synthesize knowledge, and integrate learning in a real world
setting. This assignment accomplishes that goal by
challenging you to:
a group discussing a topic of interest such as a focus group, a
community public assembly, a department meeting at your workplace,
or local support group
how the group members interact and impact one another
how the group behaviors and communication patterns influence social
your findings with evidence-based literature from journal articles,
textbook, and additional scholarly sources
To provide you with an opportunity to experience a group setting and
analyze how the presence of others substantially influences the
behaviors of its members through social facilitation.
You will participate as a guest at an interest group meeting in your
community to gather data for a qualitative research paper. Once you
have located an interest group, contact stakeholders and explain the
purpose of your inquiry. After you receive permission to participate,
you will schedule a date to attend the meeting; at which time you
will observe the members and document the following for your
an oral presentation in which you answer the following questions. You
can use any presentation tools you desire such as a powerpoint,
prezi, animoto, or others.
were the people arranged in the physical environment (layout of room
and seating arrangement)?
is the composition of the group, in terms of number of people, ages,
sex, ethnicity, etc.?
are the group purpose, mission, and goals?
is the duration of the group (short, long-term)? Explain.
the group structure its discussion around an agenda, program, rules
of order, etc.?
the structure of the group. How is the group organized?
are the primary facilitators of the group?
subject or issues did the group members examine during the meeting?
types of information did members exchange in their group?
were the group's norms, roles, status hierarchy, or communication
communication patterns illustrated if the group was unified or
the members share a sense of identity with one another
(characteristics of the group-similarities, interests, philosophy,
there any indication that members might be vulnerable to Groupthink?
Why or why not?
your opinion, how did the collective group behaviors influence
individual attitudes and the group's effectiveness? Provide your
a 1,200- to 1,500-word paper incorporating your analysis with
evidence to substantiate your conclusion. Explain how your
observations relate to research studies on norm formation, group
norms, conformity, and/or social influence. Integrate your findings
with literature from the textbook, peer-reviewed journal articles,
and additional scholarly sources. Format your paper consistent with