Group participation reflection
Group participation reflection
Effective participation in a discussion calls for recognition and employment of diverse perspectives and skills to produce an all-encompassing atmosphere. It is important to consider features of operative debates and conditions that endorse group interaction and engagement. A well-facilitated group discussion is a powerful tool for active learning. It helps learners to explore new ideas while recognizing and valuing the contribution of other learners.
As an education student, I have learned the importance of a good group discussion towards the learning process. As noted by Nagarathinam, Ramkumar, & Vani (2016, p. 174), group discussion initiators must have a good understanding and knowledge of the topic. I always introduce panel discussions by posting my suggestions and engagement questions. After every team members contribute, I participate actively throughout the debate by giving my contribution.
I always balance the number of messages invoking response with the other responses. I pose messages that raise response whenever necessary and in most cases; they do not exceed a quarter of my responses. However, I always prepare the core questions in advance, addressing the fundamental issues related to learning objectives.
The lengths of the messages that I post in the group discussions are short, which helps to avoid confusing the team members. Posting quick responses save time and allow team members to post other relevant ideas. Chakarborty (2014, p. 37) notes that a group must keep in mind the issue of time management. All members of the panel must have a particular period to go over their points. The group should also set a specific time for every topic and bring the discussion to a close when the time is over (Souza, 2011, p. 39).
My messages are clear and direct, which helps to avoid confusing group members. In oral communication, the volume, speed and tone of the voice used determines the manner in which listeners interprets the message (Hoffmann, Lilford, Dennis, & Cant, 2008, p. 390). The mode of delivery of a message affects the way in which the people will receive the message.
I always encourage my group members to participate in the discussion by allocating time to every member to take part in the debate. I also elaborate and clarify points whenever they are unclear, which helps encourages all the members to participate. Prior research in a forum allows me to make informed thoughts during discussions.
Active participation in a group requires one to start with low-stress approaches and build to full involvement. Some of the strategies I use to ensure that I participate as an active member include the use of verbal and non-verbal acknowledgments. For example, saying “yes” or nodding my head helps me to remain active and involved. Using statements lie «That’s a good idea» or «Yes, it’s important to realize that John has been read out of context» helps to build higher levels of agreement. I often ask a question such as «Haven’t we moved away from the point that Rose was making about…?» helps me to listen and shape the discussion actively.
In conclusion, my contribution has managed to keep our group discussions lively and productive. All the team members feel free to give their input. As a result, we end up using our time wisely, and we always meet our objectives.
Chakarborty, T. (2014). Dynamic Memory Group Discussion. New Delhi: Diamond Pocket Books Pvt Ltd.
Hoffmann, E., Lilford, N., Dennis, F., & Cant, M. (2008). Operations and Management Principles for Contact Centers. Johannesburg: Juta and Company Ltd.
Nagarathinam, D., Ramkumar, V., & Vani, R. (2016). The Importance of Group Discussion and the Role of Participants. Language in India, 169-178.
Souza, V. (2011). Group Psychotherapy: Excercise at Hand. iUniverse: Bloomington.