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Group Work Module

Characteristics of an Effective Group

 1. The goals of the group are clearly understood.

 2. People in the group work well together.

 3. There is a feeling of “belonging” to the group.

 4. There is a shared sense of responsibility for making the group work.

 5. Members of the group are able to communicate openly.

 6. People in the group are willing to listen to and respect other points of view.

 7. The introduction of new ideas helps maintain interest and motivation.

 8. Roles and responsibilities within the group are shared and interdependent.

 9. Conflicts and differences are confronted and resolved.




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