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Course Basics Group Work and Collaborative Writing A booklet written by: Brian A. Connery, Campus Writing Center John L. Vohs, Department of Rhetoric and Communication, UC Davis Acknowledgements [from the authors]: We thank the Undergraduate Instructional Improvement Program for funds which made this project possible, and we thank Jane Stanbrough (Director of the Campus Writing Center) and Linda Morris (Acting Director of the Campus Writing Center) for their helpful comments on the text as we wrote the booklet. Contents 1. Introduction 2. Why Do Group Work in the University 3. How to Use This Booklet 4. Making Your Group a Success a. Basic Principles: Bad Groups and Good Groups b. Group Phases 5. Your First Meeting 6. Forming a. Getting Acquainted b. Structure, Group Maintenance, Roles, and Task Roles 7. Storming 8. Planning for Implementation 9. Norming 10. Communication 11. Writing as a Group a. Analyzing the Writing Problem b. Group Writing Procedures 12. Afterword: Group Work in Professional Life 13. References Brian A. Connery and John L. Vohs, Group Work and Collaborative Writing , (Davis, CA: University of California, Davis) (accessed 25 June 2006). Group Work and Collaborative Writing Page 1 of 21
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Section 1: Introduction Working with a group on a project can be a pleasure: responsibilities are equitably divided, the tedium of work is punctuated by conviviality and commiseration, and large problems dissolve under scrutiny from a variety of perspectives. Working with a group can also be frustrating, the seemingly indirect and digressive, as well as anxiety-ridden and inconvenient. But still, the product of group work has better odds for success than does the product of an individual. While we give lip service to the value of the rugged individual, admiring ground breaking geniuses like Newton, Woolf, Einstein, and McClintock, or yearning for the self-sufficiency of the early settlers, the social reality is that, for most of us the bulk of our professional lives will be spent working in cooperation and collaboration with others within committees, research teams, boards, departments, professional societies, or corporations. Self-sufficiency is arguably a noble ideal but also arguably an obsolete one—a visit to your local survivalist’s cave in the hills will quickly demonstrate that absolute independence most often results in a primitive crudity which few of us are willing to accept as the price for uncompromising self-sufficiency. Section 2: Why Do Group Work in the University Groups and teams are particularly successful in work that demands judgment. If you were faced with a lawsuit, which would you prefer a trial before a single peer or a trial before a jury of twelve of your peers? While physical and time-consuming tasks such as information retrieval are obviously expedited when a
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GroupWorkandCollaborativeWri - Course Basics Group Work and...

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