Group Projects

What kind of Group Member are you?

If you are a Task Role:

  • Initiator
  • Contributor
  • Information Seeker
  • Opinion Seeker
  • Coordinator

If  you are a Social Role:

  • Encourager
  • Harmonizer
  • Compromiser
  • Gatekeeper
  • Observer
  • Follower

If you area Dysfunctional Role:

  • Aggressor
  • Blocker
  • Self-confessor
  • Disruptor
  • Dominator
  • Help Seeker
  • Pleader

Group projects are supposed to teach you about team work and collaboration. Group projects can also help the student develop a host of skills.

Properly structured projects can help the student:

  • Break complex tasks into parts and steps
  • Plan and manage time
  • Refine understanding through discussion and explanation
  • Give and receive feedback on performance
  • Challenge assumptions
  • Develop stronger communication skills.

Group projects can also help students develop skills specific to collaborative efforts:

  • Tackle more complex problems than they could on their own.
  • Delegate roles and responsibilities.
  • Share diverse perspectives.
  • Pool knowledge and skills.
  • Hold one another (and be held) accountable.
  • Receive social support and encouragement to take risks.
  • Develop new approaches to resolving differences.
  • Establish a shared identity with other group members.
  • Find effective peers to emulate.
  • Develop their own voice and perspectives in relation to peers.



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