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Psychology week- 4

Purpose: To provide you with an opportunity to experience a group setting and analyze how the presence of others substantially influences the behaviors of its members through social facilitation.

Process: You will participate as a guest at an interest group meeting in your community to gather data for a qualitative research paper. Once you have located an interest group, contact stakeholders and explain the purpose of your inquiry. After you receive permission to participate, you will schedule a date to attend the meeting; at which time you will observe the members and document the following for your analysis: 
 
Part I
 
·         How were the people arranged in the physical environment (layout of room and seating arrangement)?

·         What is the composition of the group, in terms of number of people, ages, sex, ethnicity, etc.?

·         What are the group purpose, mission, and goals?

·         What is the duration of the group (short, long-term)? Explain.

·         Did the group structure its discussion around an agenda, program, rules of order, etc.?

·         Describe the structure of the group. How is the group organized?

·         Who are the primary facilitators of the group?

·         What subject or issues did the group members examine during the meeting?

·         What types of information did members exchange in their group?

·         What were the group's norms, roles, status hierarchy, or communication patterns?

·         What communication patterns illustrated if the group was unified or fragmented? Explain.

·         Did the members share a sense of identity with one another (characteristics of the group-similarities, interests, philosophy, etc.)?

·         Was there any indication that members might be vulnerable to Groupthink? Why or why not?

·         In your opinion, how did the collective group behaviors influence individual attitudes and the group's effectiveness? Provide your overall analysis.

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