The purpose of this activity is to introduce students to group communication concepts, to teach methods of communicating, to expand student awareness of group dynamics, to expand student awareness of group decision-making, and to involve students in group discussions. Providing students with an opportunity to participate in discussion helps students develop an understanding of various dynamics at play in group communication and shows how group communication affects interpersonal relationships. The outcome of the activity is to improve students understanding of group decision making resulting in better decisions, less conflict, and more efficient use of time when working in groups.
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Semler, Brandon J. and Schneider, Stuart A.
"Group Dynamics: Managing Interpersonal Conflict in the Group Decision Making Process,"
Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal: Vol. 37
, Article 10.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ctamj/vol37/iss1/10