Interpersonal communication involving three or more people with a common purpose; the meeting of three or more people to solve a common problem, arrive at a decision, or answer a question of mutual interest.
Describe the main purpose of any group discussion.
Solve a common problem
Arrive at a decision
Answer a question of mutual interest.
Name two ways to classify group discussions.
Name five forms of discussion groups.
2. Table Discussion
5. Panel-forum or symposium-forum
Name three personal goals that may interfere with a productive group discussion.
2. Need for acceptance
3. Group cohesiveness
A separate, tightly knit group within a larger group.
Name six factors that affect group discussions.
1. Size of the group
2. Cliques within a group
3. Personal goals of members
4. Physical environments
5. Seating arrangements
6. Time for discussions
A uniting or sticking together; group spirit; morale.
Name two important aspects of group behavior.
1. The relationship between the group task and group maintenance.
2. Life cycle of groups.
Define task messages.
Communication designed primarily to help a group achieve goals or complete tasks.
Define maintenance messages.
Communication designed to create a positive climate by keeping relationships in a group harmonious.
Name the four stages in the life cycle of discussion groups.
Name five parts to preparing to participate in a group.
1. Choose a topic
2. Decide what type of question to discuss
3. Word the question carefully
4. Prepare the outline
5. Research the topic
Name the three types of questions a group might discuss.
1. Questions of fact.
2. Questions of value.
3. Questions of policy.
As soon as a question is chosen, someone needs to narrow it down by wording it in ________, _____________, and ____________ language.
clear, concise, and unbiased
In wording a discussion question, the most important thing to remember is that it should ____ ____________ _____ ___ _______________.
be worded as a question
The personality of a group as a whole.
Name two types of leadership roles.
1. appointed leader
2. emergent leader
Name five parts to handling conflict in groups.
1. Identify the warrants of the opposition.
2. Explain the warrants of your position.
3. Respect your opponents interests.
4. Work for a reasonable solution
5. maintain dialogue.
Name four outcomes of discussion.
3. majority vote
4. false consensus
Name two alternatives to group discussion.
2. Nominal technique.
Define nominal technique.
A form of decision making sometimes substituted for group discussion that involves listing, discussing, voting, and ranking of possible solutions.