Alison Gower – P2/M1
Theories of learning:
Group formation is a key stage in complete group development, leading to team cohesion and unity. In fact, group formation is the first part of any group development and needs to have a strong foundation to ensure complete group development. Communicating in groups can be influenced by the degree to which people feel they belong together. When people first meet in a group they often go through a process of group formation. Many groups may experience some sort of struggle before people unite and communicate effectively.
Psychologist Bruce Tuckman first came up with the memorable phrase "forming, storming, norming, and performing" in his 1965 article, "Developmental Sequence in Small Groups." He used it to describe the path that most teams follow on their way to high performance.
Bruces' four stages of communication:
Stage one – Forming:
In this stage of formation the task is given and most people are usually positive and polite although others can feel anxious as they havent fully understood what work the team will do, others may be simply excited about the task ahead. This stage can last for some time, as people start to work together, and as they make an effort to get to know their new colleagues.
Stage two - Storming:
Storming is the stage at which many groups fail at. Different ideas are bought together within the group but decisions dont come easily at this stage. People may begin to compete with one another also challenging the team leaders' power of authority. Groups and cliques form which could result in conflict. At this stage the people within the group try to establish/push themselves forward.
Stage three - Norming:
By this stage team members should know one another better (start to appreciate eachothers differences and strengths) and also may bond with one another. Discussions are developing as they...
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