SPCH 225/B. Larson
Case Study Project &
Group Essay Evaluation Assignment
Group members will collaboratively
compose a Reflective Essay & Evaluation of their experiences in the process
of completing the Case Study Project and
Symposium. Essay should be
approximately two-four pages, and properly headed up with name of team, and
team member names, class/instructor (SPCH 225/B. Larson), title of assignment
and date. Use descriptive language and specific examples from Rothwell and your
group experience to show me, rather than tell me. Generalizations and vague responses will not
be sufficient – so think deeply and specifically about your group’s process. Please
include information about how each group member participated in the composition
of the essay!
Please staple your
Participation/Preparation/Attendance information to the back of your essay.
Group Forms are due on May 3rd **********************************
- Reflection is Not:
on the activity - “great,” “bad,” “fun,” “too hard,” “too easy.”
on the participants.
the activity “should” have been planned to meet your needs.
summary of what was done - “we did this, that, and the other thing” (recall,
Reflection Involves Use of “I” and
your feelings - emotional statements are okay.
the content - intellectual analysis of the assignment.
Questions to guide your Reflective Group Essay:
Ch. 1. Small Group Communication Competence: Think about
your team’s communication throughout the project: How did it evolve? How have
you adapted to each other? Describe why and how your methods of communicating
and cooperating improved and/or threatened your team’s effectiveness and success
(use your Notes from Rothwell as needed Ch. 1-5). I expect you to use specific
Ch. 2. Groups as
Systems: Describe your relationships
with each other; what verbal and non-verbal cues are used in your groups that
indicate the type of relationships you have developed with each other (give
specific examples). Describe your
group’s interconnectedness. Were sort of relationships were formed with some group
members, but not others? How and why did these relationships develop?
Ch. 3. Group Development: Describe how your group experienced the Periodic
Phases of Group Development. Were there prior relationships? .
If so, what strategies were used to welcome newcomers to interact with those
who were previously acquainted? What tensions (primary and secondary) were
involved in your group relationships? Were you able to overcome these tensions?
Describe how - using real examples
Ch. 4. Group
Climate: Using your group climate
form/assessment, describe the dialectical tension of competition and cooperation
in your group. How did your group members work to construct cooperation?
Ch. 5. Roles and Leadership: What roles
(formal and informal, task and maintenance), emerged or were assigned in your
group – and to whom and how? Talk about leadership in your group, how did the
leader(s) emerge, what were the duties/expectations of the leader, and what perspective
of leadership was used (Traits, Style, Situational, Functional, Communication
Final Questions: What questions about the issue were answered by your
group, and which were not? What new
questions did your project generate? What did you learn – specifically – about
small group communication?