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This is when members of the group are preoccupied in establishing that they are “right” [AWJ2]and that the others are “wrong.” The group member may not want to adapt any of their work to have it blend with the others. They may pressure others into thinking their way. Some groups may suffer “group think,” where a bad choice goes unquestioned because group members are unwilling to go against what appears to be a consensus. Solution: Separate the tasks so that there is little or no overlap of topics. Make sure that each person clearly perceives that there exists a clear reward for the effort expended in the group work. Group members should keep in mind to compromise when coming to agreements because not everyone will always agree.
Group member leaves the class. A team member could potentially drop the class because either they just don’t want to take it anymore or because a family issue, or for other reasons. If this occurs after research section assignments, this leaves the group vulnerable without that section. If it was far enough along in the timeline, it would be very difficult to cope with problem because the group would have to start from scratch to complete the remaining sections and assignments.
Solution: If the group has not heard from a team member all week, they should message that particular person to ask them about the assignments. If the team still does not hear from them, they should write an email to the professor inquiring about the other team member to find out if they dropped the class for any particular reason. If the team member has dropped the class or refuses participation, the group should divide the remaining sections and tasks to complete the project in a timely manner. Depending on the situation, the team should contact the professor for an extension or guidance for the particular case.
Consequences: The obvious penalty for lack of communication and cooperation in group work would be a lower grade or even failure to complete the project. Overcoming obstacles like these in group projects is crucial to actively use and improve communication skills and to build teamwork experience used in the classroom as well as the workplace. Individual’s effort towards group work shows one’s ability to contribute meaningful information and skills to the worth of the total project. Although team members receive grades based on individual efforts, the project grade is collaborative at first. Each team member’s role and effort affects the initial group’s grade. In APA style, quotation marks are reserved for directly quoted materials. Never use quotes to set off a word or phrase. APA style does allow for the use of italics where terms might be new or confusing. None of the words in your check point are new or confusing or might be confusing to your reader so there’re is no reason to use quotes or italics.