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Identify and explain the major stages of group development in five or more paragraphs (p.223-236 Chapter: 10)

The major stages of group development are: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning. The theory of these words symbolizing the stages of group development were based upon Tuckman’s (1965) model, which has been widely accepeted throughout the years. Further more, Wheelen and Hochberger (1996) was able to conduct research that proved Tuckmans theory on the stages of group development. Forming is “…the initial stage og group development during which people come to feel valued and accepted so that they identify with the group”(Verderber p. 233) Basically when a group is first brought together some of them may feel uncomfortable or shy of the new situation. For example when it was my first day at a new college I was nervious because I didn’t know anyone, when the teacher brought us into our study groups I was shy because I did not know anyone in the group, it was an uncomfortable situation. Anderson (1988) believes that during this stage it is critical to express positivity, an refrain from abrasive and disagreeable language. It is clear that active listening skills should be used to help aqquant the members of the group. Storming according to Verderber is , “…the stage of group development during which the group clarifies its goals and determines the roles each member will have in the group power structure.” (p. 233) If controlled this can be a very helpful stage in the groups development. However, when storming in a group is poor, it can really hurt the group from continuing. When a group does not storm it may lead to something called “groupthink” whuch us a deterioiration of mental efficency, reality testing, and moreal judgement. To avoid group think from being created it is ideal to have constructive disagreement, and avoid name calling. Norming according to Verderber is, “…the stage of group development during which the group...

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