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GROUP DISCUSSION. Group Behaviors. Task functions – Getting the job done Initiating Energizing Contributing Standard Setting Information Giving Information Seeking Consensus Testing Summarizing Clarifying Evaluating Opinion Giving Opinion Seeking.

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Group discussion

GROUP DISCUSSION


Group behaviors
Group Behaviors

  • Task functions– Getting the job done

  • Initiating Energizing

  • Contributing Standard Setting

  • Information Giving Information Seeking

  • Consensus Testing Summarizing

  • Clarifying Evaluating

  • Opinion Giving Opinion Seeking


  • Maintenance functions– Strengthening interpersonal relationships

  • Supporting Listening

  • Harmonizing Tension Relieving

  • Observing Encouraging


  • Procedural functions– “Houskeeping” tasks

  • Setting dates and meetings

  • Reserving room

  • Distributing handouts

  • Preparing materials

  • Checking facilities

  • Taking notes


  • Dysfunctional behaviors – not wanted!

  • Blocking Pleading

  • Aggressing Distracting

  • Withdrawing Manipulation

  • Dominating Seeking recognition

  • Rationalizing Intimidating


Values and limitations
Values and Limitations

  • I.Values of Discussion

  • A. Usually a better decision

  • B. Follow-through on decisions

  • (Law of partial inclusion)

  • C. Changes in individual attitudes/behaviors

  • D. Personal development

  • 1. Gain knowledge

  • 2. Communication skills

  • 3. Interpersonal skills

  • 4. Networking


  • II. Limitation of Discussion

  • A. Takes time

  • B. Difficult to schedule

  • C. Spreads responsibility

  • D. Conflict of values limits potential

  • E. Status differences limits discussion


  • F. Participants lack skills

  • G. Group-think potential

  • H. Lack of leadership

  • I. Power struggles

  • J. Majority rule or compromise rather than consensus


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