Small Group Midterm Review
1. Small Groups: Power, Definition, and Attraction.
- Define Small Group Communication
- Know how small group is defined
- Know how communication is defined
- Know what a transactional process involves
- Understand and be able to give many examples of symbolic behavior
- Be able to explain what it means to create shared meaning
- Know why people join groups
- Know the characteristics of Small Groups
- Know and be able to provide examples to explain synergy
- Know the importance of interdependence, and interactivity
2. Groups as Systems of Interaction
- Be able to explain systems theory with an example
- Understand how groups are systems and be able to explain the many elements involved in the group system
- Recognize key terms regarding systems such as: synergy, openness, interdependence, feedback, entropy, equifinality and environment
- Recognize the six basic elements of human communication which underlie the study of small group communication (page 28)
- Know what defines a system as being open
3. Norms, Roles, Cohesiveness, and Groupthink.
- Norms - What are they? What types are there?
- When would a person violate or not violate a norm?
- Roles - Be able to differentiate between examples of the three types of roles
- Recognize the various functions of roles
- Understand how our communicative behavior/statements allow us to perform various roles
- Be able to discuss the functions of norms and roles
- Cohesiveness - What are the influences on cohesiveness?
- What are the consequences of cohesiveness?
- Groupthink - Know the symptoms and preventions for groupthink
4. Four Phases of Group Development: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing.
- Know the four/five stages of group development
- Forming: Hello, Orientation, and Inclusion
- Storming: Conflict in Groups
- Norming: Emergence as a Group
- Performing: Making Decisions and Solving Problems
- Be able to discuss the phase model of development and differentiate each of the phases including a discussion of what stage your Project 1 group has achieved
- Know what types of communicative behavior are typical in each phase
- Be able to recognize a formal Vs an informal group
- Be able to differentiate task for social dynamics
- Differentiate primary from secondary tension (page 78)
5. Diversity in Groups: The Strength of Different Perspectives.
- Defining Diversity and Its Place in Small Groups.
- Assumptions and Stereotyping. See the relevance of this section to our class
- Communication Contexts - Understand the influence of context on our communication sending and receiving behavior. Focus on on page 90
- Know the advantages diverse groups have over homogeneous groups
- Recognize many types of diversity in our classroom
6. Verbal and Nonverbal Communication.
- Know the functions of verbal communication
- Know the meaning of task ordering, process orientation, and narratives (what are these ideas)?
- Structure of meaning in verbal communication
- Know the difference between denotative and connotative meaning
- Know what semantics mean and be able to explain
- Nonverbal Communication - Know the principles and types of nonverbal communication. (Facial displays, paralanguage, body language, proxemics, chronemics.)
- Know the functions of non-verbal communication in the table on page 120
Developed by David Bodary, Comments and Suggestions
October 4, 2007