Group Influence Assignment, Psychology homework help

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Group Influence

This required Portfolio assignment due in Week Four will give you experience observing and interacting with people outside of the classroom. It has been designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop skills, synthesize knowledge, and integrate learning in a real world setting.  This assignment accomplishes that goal by challenging you to:

·  Observe a group discussing a topic of interest such as a focus group, a community public assembly, a department meeting at your workplace, or local support group

·  Study how the group members interact and impact one another

·  Analyze how the group behaviors and communication patterns influence social facilitation

·  Integrate your findings with evidence-based literature from journal articles, textbook, and additional scholarly sources

Purpose: To provide you with an opportunity to experience a group setting and analyze how the presence of others substantially influences the behaviors of its members through social facilitation.

Process: You will participate as a guest at an interest group meeting in your community to gather data for a qualitative research paper. Once you have located an interest group, contact stakeholders and explain the purpose of your inquiry. After you receive permission to participate, you will schedule a date to attend the meeting; at which time you will observe the members and document the following for your analysis: 

Part I

·  How were the people arranged in the physical environment (layout of room and seating arrangement)?

·  What is the composition of the group, in terms of number of people, ages, sex, ethnicity, etc.?

·  What are the group purpose, mission, and goals?

·  What is the duration of the group (short, long-term)? Explain.

·  Did the group structure its discussion around an agenda, program, rules of order, etc.?

·  Describe the structure of the group. How is the group organized?

·  Who are the primary facilitators of the group?

·  What subject or issues did the group members examine during the meeting?

·  What types of information did members exchange in their group?

·  What were the group’s norms, roles, status hierarchy, or communication patterns?

·  What communication patterns illustrated if the group was unified or fragmented? Explain.

·  Did the members share a sense of identity with one another (characteristics of the group-similarities, interests, philosophy, etc.)?

·  Was there any indication that members might be vulnerable to Groupthink? Why or why not? 

·  In your opinion, how did the collective group behaviors influence individual attitudes and the group’s effectiveness? Provide your overall analysis.

Part II

Write a 1,500- to 1,700-word paper incorporating your analysis with evidence to substantiate your conclusion. Explain how your observations relate to research studies on norm formation, group norms, conformity, and/or social influence. Integrate your findings with literature from the textbook, peer-reviewed journal articles, and additional scholarly sources. Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines to include:

Introduction with summary of assignment, section sub-headings, conclusion and 4 references.

Grading Rubric

Content and Organization 
60 Percent

*Note that this is a qualitative research paper.  Qualitative Research requires a Third Person perspective. Qualitative research analysis is analysis based on findings from research based articles,  literature and additional scholarly sources.

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Group Influence Individual Paper

*Please note: For this paper, you must attend a group meeting outside of the classroom in which you observe a group and study how group members interact and impact one another. (Read Group Influence in the Week 3 Materials in preparation for completion of this assignment).

All key elements of the assignment are covered in a substantive way.

·  After observing the group, document the norm formation and group norms by answering the questions on Part 1 of the Group Influence Instructions.  The answers to your questions are to be incorporated into your paper, not submitted as a separate document and not written in “question and answer” format.

·  Explain/analyze how your observations relate to research studies on norm formation, group norms, conformity and/or social influence. Integrate your findings with literature from the textbook, peer-reviewed journal articles and additional scholarly sources.  (This is Part II of the Group Influence Instructions).

The content is comprehensive, accurate, and/or persuasive.

The paper develops a central theme or idea, directed toward the appropriate audience.

The paper links theory to relevant examples of current experience and industry practice and uses the vocabulary of the theory correctly.

Major points are stated clearly; are supported by specific details, examples, or analysis; and are organized logically.

·  Documentation of norm formation and group norms of the group meeting you observed.

·  Explanation/analysis of how your observation relate to research studies on group norms, conformity and/or social influence.

The introduction provides sufficient background on the topic and previews major points.

The conclusion is logical, flows from the body of the paper, and reviews the major points.

Readability and Style 
20 Percent

Percent Earned


Paragraph transitions are present and logical and maintain the flow throughout the paper.

The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment.

Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.

Sentences are well-constructed, with consistently strong, varied sentences.

Sentence transitions are present and maintain the flow of thought.

20 Percent

Percent Earned


The paper, including the title page, reference page, tables, and appendices, follow APA guidelines for format.

Citations of original works within the body of the paper follow APA guidelines.

The paper is laid out with effective use of headings, font styles, and white space.

Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed.

Spelling is correct.

Total 100

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Points Possible

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Points Possible: 15

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