Groupdiscussions are important in school as they help students assist eachother and solve complex tasks. However, many of these groups do notwork due to many difficulties such as cultural differences or trustissues. These difficulties hinder students from working effectively,negatively impacting their ability to be successful (Meleady,Hopthrow & Crisp, 2013).I intend to show the difficulties I encountered working in groups atschool, the cause of the problems, how I resolved them, and how I canresolve these problems in future.
Duringgroup discussions, I always found myself not listening or respondingto answers of my fellow group members. I also gave defensive andhostile responses whenever a member questioned my contribution. Theseactions always created a conflict between the group members and me.The conflicts always made us not to complete the task within the setdeadline. I believed that my thoughts were obvious and correct and nogroup member had the right to question them. To avoid compromises, Iopted to keep quiet during a discussion of contentious topics. Ibelieve the way I behaved during these group discussions was becauseI lacked confidence in the ideas of my fellow group members, but notbecause of cultural differences (Breslin& Ambrose, 2013).
Infuture, I think I would use different methods to resolve suchproblems. Keeping quiet did not help me create a good relationshipwith the group members. Instead, they kept alienating me. I would tryunderstanding that working in a team requires negotiations andcompromise. I would try communicating more to the group members,identifying the issues affecting me. I would also take the time tolearn about my group members, understand their weaknesses andstrengths, to increase my confidence towards them.
Breslin,P., & Ambrose, R. (2013). Teacherless Discussion: Engaging MiddleSchool Students Through Peer-to-Peer Talk. Breakingthe Mold of Education: Innovative and Successful Practices forStudent Engagement, Empowerment, and Motivation, 4,49.
Meleady,R., Hopthrow, T., & Crisp, R. J. (2013). The Effect Integrative Processes and Suggestions forImplementation. Personalityand Social Psychology Review, 17(1),56-71.