Group Project Topic: The social psychology of group interactions Focus can be on either: Impression management in social interactions or Small group processes and structure
Scenarios There have been reports that the marketing team are not working well as a group. You have been requested to write a report for the management team that will appraise them of the situation. VicHealth have requested that your organisation write a report that explains adolescent impression management behaviour in secondary schools. There have been reports of staff dysfunction at one of your companies regional offices. You have been requested to observe the behaviour of this group and report it to management.
Theoretical Statement Discussion of the key theoretical ideas that guide the project. Drawn from material covered in this subject. You can choose from lectures and readings dealing with EITHER Impression Management OR Small Groups. These ideas should then be used to structure the Discussion of Findings section. (750 words)
Related Literature Review of other people’s research dealing with your chosen topic A minimum of 6 empirical research (not theoretical) articles should be included in the literature review. Your summaries should include the research questions and findings of the studies you have chosen. (700 words)
Suggested Groups for Analysis Seinfeld Summer Heights High Mad Men The Office Suggestions?
Must be observable by you and me
Fit the criteria of being a group
Bingham, S. C. &, Hernandez, A. "Laughing Matters": The Comedian as Social Observer, Teacher, and Conduit of the Sociological PerspectiveTeaching Sociology 2009 37: 335-352
The Sample A very succinct description of the 2 (and only 2) episodes from your chosen groups A brief rationale for the choice of these particular episodes. (150 words)
Discussion of the findings This section presents your analysis of the interactions in the group you have nominated for study in the programs you have chosen. The discussion should be presented thematically: that is, issue by issue, not program by program. The headings should correspond to the key ideas in your theory section. include VERYbriefexamples/evidence from the program to illustrate the points you feel are important. include a Conclusion that summarises the findings and links them to the main findings identified in the literature review section of the report. (2400 words)
Project Details 4000 Words Worth 45% of total mark Team project report – 35% Individual contribution – 10% Due date: Monday 26 April 12pm (midnight)
Criteria for Assessment Group Project Report Clarity of exposition and relevance of key theoretical ideas Clarity of exposition and relevance of previous research findings Rigour of discussion: Systematic structure that links to theory Appropriate use of examples from programs Conclusion: Links between findings and literature review Clarity, succinctness and fluency of expression Appropriate citation of sources
Individual contribution to Project Leadership direction, organisation and management of group What sorts of things did you do? Ideas/ suggestions. e.g. What role did you play in suggesting what material should be included? Collection of information and data analysis What contribution did you make to finding theoretical and/or empirical material, analysis of the interviews etc? Writing and editing report Indicate whether you had primary responsibility for any particular section of the report. Cooperation including attendance, punctuality at working sessions.
Team Member Assessment Form ASSESSMENT OF FELLOW GROUP MEMBER’S CONTRIBUTION PERSON 1 Your name: _____________________Your team member’s name:______________________ Guided by the criteria below, please comment briefly in the space provided on YOUR understanding of your team member’s contribution to the project, and complete the overall rating. Poor Excellent OVERALL RATING (Please circle) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Self Assessment SELF ASSESSMENT Name: ________________________________________ Guided by the criteria below, please comment briefly in the space provided on your own individual contribution to the project. Also complete the rating at the foot of this page. Poor Excellent OVERALL SELF RATING (Please circle)0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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Material Covered So Far Definition of Social Psychology The Bystander Effect - Psycho-social explanations Subjectivist interpretative paradigm Humans distinguished by ability to give meaning to events and their own and others’ behaviour reflect on their past and present, and imagine futures Self & identity: Tied to participation in social life Formed through reciprocal perceptions in social relationships
Material Covered So Far Development of self The ‘I’ and the ‘Me’ How we become different from one another Impression management the performance we give for each other in public situations. different from one another? Performance Dramaturgical approach Performance assumptions What can we do when IM fails?
Material Covered So Far What is a group? What are some of the characteristics of groups? What are some of the effects of groups on their members? Why do we join groups?
Collaboration Blackboard discussion groups chat Facebook Email Telephone F2F Google Docs Wiki
Useful Research Phrases and what they Really Mean "It has long been known" . . . [I didn't look up the original reference.] "Of great theoretical and practical importance" . . . [Interesting to me.] "Three of the samples were chosen for detailed study" . . . [The results of the others didn't make any sense.] "Typical results are shown" . . . [The best results are shown.] "It is believed that" . . . [I think] "It is generally believed that" . . . [A couple of other guys think so, too.] "It is clear that much additional work will be required before a complete understanding occurs" . . . [I don't understand it.] "It is hoped that this study will stimulate further investigations in this field" . . . [This is a lousy paper, but so are all the others on this miserable topic.] "Thanks are due to Joe Blotz for assistance with the experiment and to George Frink for valuable assistance" . . . [Blotz did the work and Frink explained to me what it meant.] http://users.erols.com/geary/psychology/