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  • You will look at aspects of the group that include group structure and dynamicsYou can choose from theories discussed in the lectures and/or readingsWhen you have chosen the theories that will guide your research you will need to structure your reading around them
  • Empirical = tested or testable - derived from experiment and observation rather than theoryTheoretical = concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations

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  • 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
    Summer Heights High
    Mad Men
    The Office
    • 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
    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.
    including attendance, punctuality at working sessions.
  • Team Member Assessment Form
    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
    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
  • Don’t let this be YOU!
    Screen clipping taken: 20/03/2010, 8:53 AM
  • 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?
    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
    discussion groups
    Google Docs
  • 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.]