Principles of Successful Group Work
C. T. Evans
Here is a sample, eleven-step process aimed at preparing
good group papers.
- Say "Hi" to everyone.
- Select a recorder, or secretary, to write everything down, i.e., allocate
tasks to be accomplished.
- Recognize any applicable time limit.
- Brainstorm ideas; list everything; work fast. (Be sure that
everyone contributes to the discussion.)
- Minimize non-relevant chatter to avoid incurring penalty points, and the
wrath of your professor.
- Organize your ideas; don't jump to conclusions too quickly.
- Develop a thesis.
- Write your first draft.
- Proof, critique and revise. Don't assume a group
consensus exists because no one has opposed an idea or offered an alternative. Check
agreement with each group member verbally.
- Final draft ready?
- Select a spokesperson and present to class.
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