Evaluation of the Dutch Integration Course for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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Summary The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the Dutch integration class. The report examines in detail the roles that each person plays in developing a productive group outcome and learning experience. An overview of the group will be discussed including an explanation of the Dutch Integration class, the type of group a breakdown of the group composition and the purpose of the Dutch Integration Class. The discussion then focuses on the advantages and limitations of the group by identifying the level cohesion in the group, the norms of the group and stage of development in the group. The performance of group leader has been considered when evaluating the overall effectiveness of the group. It is concluded that the…show more content…
loss of visa). The group teacher did very little to encourage group cohesion. Rather she went about her business of delivering the course content. She showed little to no cultural sensitivity. “Without cultural sensitivity there can be no effective interpersonal communication between people who are different in gender or race or nationality or sexual orientation” (Devito, 2007 p. 49). 3.0 Group Norms Groups norms effect individual attitudes, and behaviours.(Terry, Hogg, 2000). “Norms are the rules and behaviours, the proper ways of acting in a group that have been accepted as legitimate by members of that group”(Napier & Gershenfeld, 1999. p 107). Furthermore on an individual level group norms are ideas about how individuals should act in any given situation. ( Napier & Gershenfeld, 1999). Norms are not only the rules of the group but they also indicate patterns of behaviours and roles that people play within the group.(Terry, Hogg, 2000). There are many kinds of norms in a group examples may be “written rules,... explicitly stated rules,... non explicit, ...informal rules and norms beyond awareness”(Napier & Gershenfeld, 1999. pp 118-119). As this is an educational group the following norms were observed: Members signed a formal contract with the council, explaining what was expected of them. (O'Brien, 2013, pers.com, 15 Nov) Time keeping, the class started and concluded at the same time each day. Members were expected to adhere to the time table. It is said that
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