Group work is not one, but a great many processes – Understanding group work dynamics
2010 (English)In: Group Theory: Classes, Representation and Connections, and Applications / [ed] Charles W. Danellis, New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2010, 1, 153-166 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
When people come together in order to collaborate with each other, lots of group processes arise.
Earlier research has shown that group work is not just one single activity but is comprised of several activities with different goals and conditions. That implies that group work may change character several times during its functioning and in the group’s lifetime. In a simplified way, this may be described as certain working modes being better suited for some parts of the group work, while others are not. Consequently, group work functions on several levels during different parts of the group’s work. This may result in high quality group work but also in the exact opposite. Such different conditions emanate from different dynamic processes that can either facilitate or hamper the group’s work.
In order to better understand and interpret processes that might arise when people come together in a group and work together on a common task, a new model will be presented, namely The periodic system for the understanding of group processes. The model represents a contemporary approach of categorising group processes and can hopefully provide a better understanding of interactional dynamics in groups and account for a greater explanation value with respect to the group processes.
This chapter aims to present illustrative applications of the model as well as explaining The periodic system for the understanding of group processes. A core question is whether or not the model can contribute valuable information and if it is a practical tool for describing and interpreting what happens in groups during work. Earlier research has shown promising results indicating that this kind of tool can supply a better understanding of interactional dynamics in groups, not only from a scientific perspective but also from users’ applied perspective.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2010, 1. 153-166 p.
, Mathematics Research Developments
group, group processes, dynamics in groups, group work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80834ISBN: 978-1-60876-175-3 (Print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-80834DiVA: diva2:548467