Saturday, 19 July 2014

Chapter 10 Small Group Communications

I can’t believe we already cover up til Chapter 10. Time flies so fast. Before class starts, Sir Anwari was telling us about QUIZ! Omg! This semester, I was trying to get higher score from satisfaction grades. Meaning that I’m trying to improve my grades. I know, I knowwwww that mostly people says, internal marks wasn’t important that much because final are more important. Final are getting nearer and nearer. My heart is pumping faster than usual. I hope I get my final grades above my expectations. I can’t even believe that I got 18/20 for mid term, but deep down from my heart, I wasn’t that happy cause most of my friends get 19.5. Life isn’t fair for me. Hahaha.

Anyways, enough of chitchatting. Let’s start with CHAPTER 10, which is Small Group communication.

What do you know from the title above there? What is in your mind when this word crossed your mind?

Well, actually the definition is easy as pie.
When you talk about Small Group communication, it is a discussion about work between 2-5 people. & The purpose is to achieve goal, what you want to do. For an example, ASSIGNMENT.


>Small groups & teams
Forming groups and click is a natural part of life – but small groups are formed out of a common:

a)   Purpose: similar purpose and reason. E.g.: Assignments

b)   Interdependence: everyone to contribute, rely on each other. E.g.: Process of different idea/ personality.

c)    Organization of rules: must has rules and set the date for meet up.

E.g.: formal meeting will do formally.

d)   Self-perception as a group:  individual wanting to feel belonged to a larger group of common shared values, beliefs, likings and mentality. Other than that is your view for your group. If you like it, you will feel comfort in the group.

Teams can be both in face-to-face or in the virtual world via video/audio interaction (conference calls or video conference calls)

>Small group stages.

During the class session, Sir Anwari, our lecturer for human communication asked the whole students about what are the differences between group and team?

Well guess what? There’s no different but TEAM is more in cooperation. For example, football games. People play their own role. They’re being work hard together and bare the difficulties together.

& For group, there are goal directed. More focused on achievements you want to achieve.

>Small group format.

a)    Round table. WHAT IS ROUND TABLE FOR? It’s only for informal discussions.
b)   The panel. It is still informal but the group members are expert. E.g.: reality shows like OPRAH or The Doctors.
c)    Symposium. It much likes a speech. It takes turn (who are going to speak) and they’re speaking the same topic but different points. E.g.: Seminars, public speaking, and conferences.
d)   Symposium forum: There are 2 parts.
  • ·      It’s a symposium with prepared speeches.
  • ·      Forum with question and answer session.
  • E.g.: Seminar, manifesto.

>Power in a small group.
It is only natural that different individuals would bring a different role and a passive/active role into the group. Therefore, there are different categories of power inherent in different individuals:

  •       Legitimate power: by rules – appointed group leader. During class, Sir asked us who is the leader in our group, and we told him that everyone is the leader. Sir wasn’t agreed on that because if everyone becoming the leader, and everyone will make their own rules. They also are going to give lots of ideas until everyone doesn’t want to listen. Therefore, leader must be one per group.
  •        Referent power: by agreement – when another person wishes to be like you or identified with you (e.g.; because of your good characteristics, attitude, etc.)
  •         Reward power: by positive reinforcement. For example: The boss will give you high salary if you do a good job.
  •       Coercive power: by negative reinforcement, punishment. For example: Late submission will minus 1 mark
  •       Expert power: by establishing yourself as the expert in the context.  For example: you are the main person who people keep looking for because you’re pro in some subjects. Like what one of my friend said : Walking Google.
  •       Information power: by establishing yourself as the person can communicate and inform the best. E.g.; public speaker
>Type of small group.

There are four types of small groups:

v Idea-generation groups
Most of group will do a brainstorming. Brainstorming is to generate idea or share the ideas.
·                Brainstorm Rule 1 : Don't criticize

·                Brainstorm Rule 2 : Strive for quantity
·                Brainstorm Rule 3 : Combine and extend ideas
·                Brainstorm Rule 4 : Develop the wildest ideas possible

      vPersonal growth.
Referred to as a support groups and aim to help members cope with particular difficulties.
·                The Encounter Sensitivity groups
·                The Assertiveness TrainingTo increase the willingness of its members to stand up
·                The Consciousness-Raising : To help people cope with the problems society confront them with

vInformation growth group
People form ideas and share them with one another.
  •  Education Group: Doing the research then they will share to conference. THE EXPERTS
  •  Focus : Affirming the existence of the information

>Problem solving group.

Stage of solving issues..

1.              Define and analyze the problem
2.             Establish criteria for evaluating solutions
3.             Identify possible solutions
4.             Evaluate solutions
5.             Select the best solution(s)
6.             Test selected solution(s)

At the end of class, Sir told us to make a situation and write it down how to solve it. He also enquired us to sit with a partner and discuss among ourselves. After that, we submit the paper to him for checks.

Aip! This topic is still going on. Let’s moving on to another section. Which is the last section for today :D 

Thanks for reading <3