My first reaction was I thought the size of the group was rather large but overall the atmosphere of the group was calm. I think my group is rather large with 16 members. If I had a choice I would rather have around 7-8 people therefore we would have an increase equal opportunity to speak. At our first meeting it was decided unanimously, after much deliberation, to focus on organisations that could offer us valuable learning experiences, or where we could support the Service User, as well as being able to raise funds for resources. There was no leader/ facilitator for the first couple of meetings and so I felt that the group had no direction. Two members in particular I labelled as powerful members, as they dominate the group (with positive energy!) by being very vocal during discussions. However, there were other group members who showed signs of boredom, or disinterest, as evident by their lack of eye contact and verbal contribution. Also, no member was producing any information for our task, although some were suggesting ground rules and ideas. The group was contributing in coming up with ideas, but we did not expand on these ideas. The storming stage of Tuckman’s model is about conflict and polarization of group members. I found this stage to be the hardest within my group (week 3). Practice & Communication In Social Work: Working In Groups.
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