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Group Project


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Group Project

  1. 1. Group Project<br />Topic: The social psychology of group interactions<br />Focus can be on either:<br />Impression management in social interactions or <br />Small group processes and structure<br />
  2. 2. Scenarios<br />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. <br />VicHealth have requested that your organisation write a report that explains adolescent impression management behaviour in secondary schools.<br />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.<br />
  3. 3. Theoretical Statement<br />Discussion of the key theoretical ideas that guide the project. <br />Drawn from material covered in this subject. <br />You can choose from lectures and readings dealing with EITHER Impression Management OR Small Groups. <br />These ideas should then be used to structure the Discussion of Findings section. <br />(750 words)<br />
  4. 4. Related Literature<br />Review of other people’s research dealing with your chosen topic <br />A minimum of 6 empirical research (not theoretical) articles should be included in the literature review. <br />Your summaries should include the research questions and findings of the studies you have chosen. <br />(700 words)<br />
  5. 5. Suggested Groups for Analysis<br />Seinfeld <br />Summer Heights High<br />Mad Men<br />The Office<br />Suggestions?<br /><ul><li>Must be observable by you and me
  6. 6. Fit the criteria of being a group
  7. 7. Bingham, S. C. &, Hernandez, A. "Laughing Matters": The Comedian as Social Observer, Teacher, and Conduit of the Sociological PerspectiveTeaching Sociology 2009 37: 335-352 </li></li></ul><li>The Sample<br />A very succinct description of the 2 (and only 2) episodes from your chosen groups <br />A brief rationale for the choice of these particular episodes.<br />(150 words)<br />
  8. 8. Discussion of the findings<br />This section presents your analysis of the interactions in the group you have nominated for study in the programs you have chosen. <br />The discussion should<br />be presented thematically: that is, issue by issue, not program by program. The headings should correspond to the key ideas in your theory section.<br />include VERYbriefexamples/evidence from the program to illustrate the points you feel are important. <br />include a Conclusion that summarises the findings and links them to the main findings identified in the literature review section of the report.<br />(2400 words)<br />
  9. 9. Project Details<br />4000 Words<br />Worth 45% of total mark<br />Team project report – 35%<br />Individual contribution – 10%<br />Due date:<br />Monday 26 April 12pm (midnight)<br />
  10. 10. Criteria for Assessment<br />Group Project Report<br />Clarity of exposition and relevance of key theoretical ideas<br />Clarity of exposition and relevance of previous research findings<br />Rigour of discussion:<br />Systematic structure that links to theory<br />Appropriate use of examples from programs <br />Conclusion: Links between findings and literature review <br />Clarity, succinctness and fluency of expression<br />Appropriate citation of sources<br />
  11. 11. Individual contribution to Project<br />Leadership <br />direction, organisation and management of group<br />What sorts of things did you do?<br />Ideas/ suggestions. <br />e.g. What role did you play in suggesting what material should be included?<br />Collection of information and data analysis<br />What contribution did you make to finding theoretical and/or empirical material, analysis of the interviews etc?<br />Writing and editing report <br />Indicate whether you had primary responsibility for any particular section of the report.<br />Cooperation <br />including attendance, punctuality at working sessions.<br />
  12. 12. Team Member Assessment Form<br />ASSESSMENT OF FELLOW GROUP MEMBER’S CONTRIBUTION <br />PERSON 1<br />Your name: _____________________Your team member’s name:______________________<br />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.<br /> Poor Excellent<br />OVERALL RATING (Please circle) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10<br />
  13. 13. Self Assessment<br />SELF ASSESSMENT<br />Name: ________________________________________<br />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. <br /> Poor Excellent<br />OVERALL SELF RATING (Please circle)0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10<br />
  14. 14. Don’t let this be YOU!<br />http://ampradio.comtopic/cbs_video.php?guid=978087418<br />
  15. 15.  <br />Screen clipping taken: 20/03/2010, 8:53 AM<br /> <br />   <br /> <br />
  16. 16. Material Covered So Far<br />Definition of Social Psychology<br />The Bystander Effect - Psycho-social explanations<br />Subjectivist interpretative paradigm<br />Humans distinguished by ability to <br />give meaning to events and their own and others’ behaviour<br />reflect on their past and present, and imagine futures<br /> Self & identity: <br />Tied to participation in social life<br />Formed through reciprocal perceptions in social relationships <br />
  17. 17. Material Covered So Far<br />Development of self<br />The ‘I’ and the ‘Me’<br />How we become different from one another<br />Impression management <br />the performance we give for each other in public situations. <br />different from one another?<br />Performance<br />Dramaturgical approach<br />Performance assumptions <br />What can we do when IM fails?<br />
  18. 18. Material Covered So Far<br />What is a group?<br />What are some of the characteristics of groups?<br />What are some of the effects of groups on their members?<br />Why do we join groups?<br />
  19. 19. Collaboration<br />Blackboard <br />discussion groups<br />chat<br />Facebook<br />Email<br />Telephone<br />F2F<br />Google Docs<br />Wiki<br />
  20. 20. Useful Research Phrases and what they Really Mean <br />"It has long been known" . . . [I didn't look up the original reference.]<br />"Of great theoretical and practical importance" . . . [Interesting to me.]<br />"Three of the samples were chosen for detailed study" . . . [The results of the others didn't make any sense.] <br />"Typical results are shown" . . . [The best results are shown.] <br />"It is believed that" . . . [I think] <br />"It is generally believed that" . . . [A couple of other guys think so, too.] <br />"It is clear that much additional work will be required before a complete understanding occurs" . . . [I don't understand it.] <br />"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.] <br />"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.] <br /><br />