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ERIC Number: ED410622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Pages: 31
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Revitalizing Self-Analytical Groups in the Group Communication Classroom.
Keyton, Joann
SYMLOG, a method for capturing group members' perceptions of their interactions, is a useful research methodology which can also be used to teach group competencies. Drawing from social psychology, management, and communication disciplines, researchers using SYMLOG have captured issues of leadership, cohesion, and group processes over time. Using SYMLOG as a central focus in an upper level group communication course introduces students to group research techniques and allows them to use the technique to reveal information about their own interaction in groups. Students are assigned a group task which has a group outcome and group reward and allowed to work on that task in class for a period of weeks. During that time, group members complete ratings about their groups's process. Initial ratings are made by individual members and used as individual feedback. As the group matures, all individual members make ratings and the instructor facilitates group-level feedback so that individual members have access to their own perceptions of group performance as well as group-level data. This creates an opportunity to compare/contrast individual against others' perceptions and sets up an opportunity for healthy dialogue about how the group is going about its business. SYMLOG will also be contrasted to Interaction Process Analysis (IPA) as a technique to inform group members about individual and group performance. (Contains 5 figures and 18 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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