|Topic area||One of the key elements of a course is the selection of participants to form groups. This activity is preparatory to that process. This activity can also be classified as part of a "Personal Relationships" or "Workplace Issues" project.|
|Target audience||Any assemblage that needs to be broken into groups.|
|Activity type||Partially pre-class evaluation, followed by in-class discovery phase, finalized (possibly out of class) with the assignment of participants to groups.|
|Time required||Ten minutes in advance of the class for each participant, and fifty minutes in class.|
|Attachments||The Behavioral Analysis Self Evaluation Form|
|Additional materials||12 large sheets of newsprint that can be posted on the classroom walls for behavioral group activities; 4 marking pens; masking tape for holding up sheets.|
|Background needed to complete the assignment||None|
Goals for the activity:
Knowledge / skills / attitudes to be developed (behavioral objectives):
An understanding of personal traits and how to use the traits of others in the work of a group.
[Click here for a version that can used in class.]
While this is going on count the number of people in each group, and begin to develop a plan as to how to form groups. (See the next but one step.)
Discuss the meanings and symbolism behind their tee-shirt designs and logos.
[Comment: This process works best with working groups of size four. I have generally found that groups of five are about the limit that can be managed by students. Thus my plan is to create working groups of this size, which does not necessarily fit well with the four types indentified in this exercise. It would be nice if each group contained at least one of each type, but with no more than one controller. Obviously depending on how many are in the class and how many classified themselves in each type group will depend how many different types make up a working group. This step can be done in class if there are just the population of each type group is appropriate (i.e. there are just the right number of members of the controller type, etc.), otherwise it may be more seemly (politically correct) to do the assignment of participants to working groups outside of class. If the "out-of-class" scenario is followed then collect the Behavioral Analysis Self Test forms to use in the assignment. If done in-class then reassemble student's reports into their four type groups and choose one from each type group initally to form a working group.]
The outcome will be assessed as time goes by based on how well the groups work together. After the groups meet for the first time and interact they may be asked to give an organizational chart for their group with general job descriptions for each person. From this one should be able to assess how well they understood the the concepts.
This class activity was originally organized for us by a Human Resources specialist from a well known corporation. It was then in use in the company. We have been given permission to use the system, the algorithm, and the documentation without the need for acknowledgements. We are very grateful.
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Last updated 98/12/09
© J.A.N. Lee, 1998.