Land-Grant Press — Teaching Section

Improving Group Dynamics with Facilitator-Led Group Conversations

CAFLS Department


Publication Date

Summer 8-30-2023


This article describes common scenarios that arise in group projects that inhibit effective group work and discusses how these situations might be managed through the addition of instructor-led classroom conversations called fireside chats. The article specifically focuses on the following common scenarios of group work: forming groups based solely on interests, merging initial brainstorming ideas into one overly complex idea, avoiding volunteering for unfamiliar tasks, and inaccurately interpreting the complexity of the work completed by other groups.

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