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Introduction Group work is an integral part of life, and in particular, an essential component of social work practice. Various theories affect how group work is practiced, affecting both group dynamics and the different stages of the group Hepworth, In my paper, I will be sharing my experiences as a member of a group, focusing on the various stages, interaction patterns observed and my personal reflections on the entire process.
Group transition Initial stage: Formation of group The formation of our group was an abrupt process, a mishmash of people who are interested in helping the same target group, which in this case was for schooling youths.
The six of us came together as strangers to this project, signing up based on a mutual interest in helping schooling youths. At this stage, the objective of our group was to foster accomplishment of identified work goals Hepworth,which was to meet the needs of youths facing esteem issues.
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In a task group, members are assumed to have various expertise on the subject matter, ranging from a diversity of skillsets. Our group comprised members who possessed an assortment of skills, with some gifted in linguistic ability, to others who excelled at concise summarizing and critical questioning skills which greatly aided our workflow.
However, given a cohesive lack of trust and an initial degree of awkwardness between members who barely knew each other at this stage, it was difficult for us to get work done efficiently at the start.
Conflict resolution Initially, as the group started to work on the task at hand, it was inevitable that some unfamiliarity and silence precipitated the sessions.
At this stage, members would be unwilling to share or have some sense of animosity towards each other, a trademark of this stage Hepworth, There were times when awkwardness set in as we had a lack of common topics to talk about, which gave rise to uncomfortable pauses In addition, other troubling issues arose, such as our conflicting schedules, which created even more confusion as we started to work on our project.
Being the only male in the group, I had to seek ways to form bonds with my groupmates, establishing communication pathways in order for the group to function well. Delegation of work was much more efficient, as we were more comfortable in taking on our various jobscopes all for the common cause of designing the programme for the project.
For example, discrepant ideas on which parts to include for the paper were aired openly, whereas prior to this everyone shyed away from direct confrontation of differing views.
This can be perceived as a willingness to trust and take risks among members, as the level of cohesion and trust between members is high enough for us to be forthcoming about our varying views Hepworth, - a key to achieving success in the working stage.
Termination stage With any group, there has to come a point where groups have to end. In our group, this stage was reached towards the conclusion of our group proposal. On one hand, members felt happy that the whole ordeal was over, as it was taxing to come up with a group work proposal that deals directly with youths who have esteem issues.
On the other hand, although unspoken, I could sense that the group felt a tinge of sadness at the termination of the group as the process, albeit tedious, was an enjoyable one. Conflicting ideas were aired out in the open with no withholding of feelings and concerns, which made the group work process easier, key characteristics of open communication among members.
In addition, it was worthy to note the ease of communication was possible only towards the working stage of the group, when members became closer and more comfortable with each other. Punctuality was a key virtue that our group valued, of which more often than not I had been the culprit guilty of violating it.
As a result, a rule was imposed for the latecomer to buy drinks for the rest, which was adhered to subsequently without any violent objections. Leadership and social structure With every group, there has to be a person taking charge at any point of time, to steady the group back on course when the direction of the group goes awry.
In our group, this was true almost all the time, as our group had leaders all waiting to take charge at every suitable moment. With Shannon being the more artistic one in the group, she would automatically be the one to lead the discussion when artwork related materials were discussed.
Similarly, when language issues were brought to the fore, it was either Maisurah or me who took over and helped guide the group towards the correct direction. In such situations, the other group members agreed without protest on the opinions of the ones who were better equipped, supporting whenever they could.Invaluable in and out of the classroom.
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