Tuckman´s Four Stages based on Group Work

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In a previous class, we learned about a theory on group dynamics called the Tuckman stages. This theory states that in order for a team to effectively produce at its highest potential, there are four phases that are indispensable and unavoidable. Without giving attention to these phases, Tuckman believed that most teams would concentrate almost solely on content and virtually ignore the process, explaining why outwardly strong teams produce underwhelming results. Summarizing these four phases, Tuckman named them forming, storming, norming and performing. While reflecting on the dynamic for my most recent group collaboration project for this class, it is helpful to consider the Tuckman phrases and whether or not they were…show more content…
However, I believe that our group could have executed our paper more effectively by doing these things earlier on in the process. We would have afforded ourselves more time to really think through the technical aspects of our paper. I’ve found that adult learners really struggle to work effectively in group settings, especially when they do not meet in person. We all lead very full and busy lives, making it difficult to sync our project timelines. I believe that doing a few things differently really would have helped the orange group’s paper. First, our team should have chosen to be more structured and follow a process. In the forming stage, we would have been wise to establish a group leader. Again, in adult learning settings I think students resist to doing so, however, the leader plays a large role in providing direction, encouragement and accountability. Julie was probably the closest thing we had. She did keep us somewhat focused throughout our process. During the storming phase, our group really could have benefitted from setting up and taking time to work together. We could have taken advantage of additional forms of CMC, perhaps via chat room to communicate in real time, rather than via email. This may have allowed the group to move more cohesively into the norming stage. We should have been sharing our individual work with one another for feedback, allowing the knowledge of the others to
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