Group roles

Group roles - Roles

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Roles  The concept of roles is a very basic one in the study of group communication. Certain communicative  behaviors in groups (such as using humor to get members to relax) are intended to accomplish certain  goals (releasing group tension. for example). Someone enacting those behaviors can be described as  playing or taking a given role. In 1948 Benne and Sheats provided an analysis of roles, which has  remained influential over the years. They said there are three main categories of roles enacted by group  members. Group task roles  pertain to group discussions aimed at selecting, defining, and solving problems. The  specific task roles identified by Benne and Sheats (1948) are:  1)  Initiator-Contributor -  proposes new ideas, changes, and procedures.  2)  Information Seeker  - asks questions about information and others' suggestions.  3)  Opinion Seeker  - asks questions about the values guiding the group.  4)  Information Giver  - presents evidence relevant to the group problem. 
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