Learning Exercise

Integrate Theory & Practic

Students read material on theory and practice of group dynamics and team building. Interact in ways that enable students to integrate theory and practice through personal experience.
Course: Management Principles and Organizational Behavior
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Exercise

Student is asked to visit another link (see:Additonal Info. URL) and select two
to three readings available at that site that interest them. They next return
to this site (Forsyth) and review the material under Group Dynamics:
`Performance.'

The student will then write a MS Word 2pg. paper outlining connections they see
between the readings at the new site and the theory material given at the
Forsyth site. They are also directed to express why they relate to the readings
as a part of the document.

The paper will be sent as an attachment to a WebCT/Blackboard discussion forum
for comment by other students. Students are directed to respond to one
another's posts, and to `tell stories' of their experiences in groups and on
teams that link directly to the materials read and reported on, as well as to
one another's stories.
Additional Information: None

Technical Notes

None

Requirements

Participation in groups and/or on teams. Word Processing skills; CMS student skills.

Topics

Group Dynamics and Team Building; Applied Group Dynamics.

Learning Objectives

1. Linking Group Dynamics theory with practical application.
2. Identifying theory as it relates to personal practice in groups.
3. Development of a sense that theories of groups and group dynamics have direct application and implications for both participants and managers.
4. Development of analytic skills regarding reflection of personal experience as related to theory and theory building.