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Group Dynamics Week 2


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Group Dynamics Week 2

  1. 1. Group Dynamics Week 2
  2. 2. Recap of Last Week <ul><li>Groups and teams </li></ul><ul><li>Differences and similarities </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-group working </li></ul><ul><li>2 types of communication –verbal non-verbal </li></ul><ul><li>Our communication styles </li></ul>
  3. 3. Recap Cont’d <ul><li>Why people join groups – interpersonal needs – Maslow’s theory </li></ul><ul><li>What shapes group behavior? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Group Dynamics Agenda <ul><li>What shapes your behavior? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a conflict style? </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronous/asynchronous communication </li></ul><ul><li>VC – Advantages/Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>4 levels of competence </li></ul>
  5. 5. 4 levels of Competence <ul><li>What is your guess? </li></ul>Unconscious Incompetence Unconscious Competence Conscious Incompetence Conscious Competence
  6. 6. Group Dynamics Agenda Continued <ul><li>Group Discussion Format – for weekly group meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Choose your group – no less than 3, no more than 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s talk about the procedures </li></ul>
  7. 7. Group Dynamics Agenda <ul><li>What is THEORY? Group Theory? </li></ul><ul><li>Group Theory: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps in intelligent decision making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps regulate behavior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can make group discussion more rewarding </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Group Dynamics Agenda <ul><li>Group Theory: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can help participants understand working of the group </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Descriptive theories </li></ul><ul><li>Method Theories </li></ul>
  9. 9. Five Common Group Theories <ul><li>Social Exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Symbolic Convergence </li></ul><ul><li>Structuration </li></ul><ul><li>Functional </li></ul><ul><li>Systems </li></ul>
  10. 10. Social Exchange Theory <ul><li>Relationships are described: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rewards (pleasurable outcome) and Costs (effort, anxiety, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Profits (rewards minus costs) and Losses (Costs exceed the rewards) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Symbolic Convergence Theory <ul><li>Friendships take on an identity based on shared experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Good because of mutual understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Gives insight into group values </li></ul>
  12. 12. Structuration Theory <ul><li>Framework - rules and resources for interacting in social systems </li></ul><ul><li>Explains why and how groups develop rules and behavior patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Can help identify group effectiveness/ineffectiveness </li></ul>
  13. 13. Functional Theory <ul><li>Effect of given behaviors on a group system </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in identifying and enacting behaviors that help reach group goals </li></ul><ul><li>Communication effects a group. It has a function. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Systems Theory Subsystems Interdependence Synergy Entropy
  15. 15. Team Discussion <ul><li>Why are theories important in the study of communication? </li></ul><ul><li>In what way are theories applicable to communication in your life? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Team Discussion Continued <ul><li>Which theories influenced you in former teams? </li></ul><ul><li>Are your answers similar or different to those of your teammates? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare a report-back for class </li></ul>
  17. 17. Technology ( impact on communication) <ul><li>Impacts on Social Exchange Theory? </li></ul><ul><li>Symbolic Convergence Theory? </li></ul><ul><li>Structuration Theory? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Quiz #1 <ul><li>Your choice… team based or individually  </li></ul><ul><li>Teams, 3 member limit </li></ul><ul><li>20 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Your name, please – at the top of p1 </li></ul>
  19. 19. Assignments for Unit 3 <ul><li>Assignments/resources and readings are available online: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation - Wk 3 Group meetings </li></ul>