October 15 - October 15, 2010 Status within task groups...

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October 15, 2010 Status within task groups Task-Oriented Small Group Ex. Jury Typically don’t know each other Whose contributions are valued? Who gets to have the floor? This is an indicator of status Seeing Status in Groups Bales (1953) Some differences in: Participation – not everyone talks the same amount Opportunities to talk – who gets interrupted? Some people are asked to talk. Evaluation of ideas – who gets praise? Influence on others – who do people rate as being influential? Status hierarchies within a group tend to resemble hierarchies outside group. A natural leader will lead no matter the setting. Bales had homogenous groups – usually white men from prominent backgrounds What about mixed groups (by sex or race)? Strodtbeck (1965) Adults were recruited to decide on a simulated jury case Men speak more on juries than do women People from higher status occupations (business owner, white
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