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Questions tagged [group-dynamics]

Regarding how people relate to each other in groups.

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Group Project Dynamics— how to present advanced ideas without offending others?

For my research masters, one graded activity is to undertake a piece of research and present findings. We collected data and the analysis part was self-assigned to one member and myself. The analysis ...
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Having students grade each other on group projects?

I'm planning to have my students do a group project this semester. What are the pros and cons of having them rate how well their groupmates contributed to the project?
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How can I deal with these group members? [closed]

Recently, my apush (AP US history) teacher assigned my class of high school juniors into groups in class for a project. Though I dont know that many people in my class, I really did wish that I’d get ...
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How much is a PhD worth without publications or a reputation?

I asked this question a few months ago about addressing in-group bullying during my PhD. How to address in-group bullying without compromising PhD/career? Things have not improved over the past few ...
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How to address in-group bullying without compromising PhD/career?

I've been bullied by my supervisor and other members of my research group for the past couple of years. Some of the things which have indicated bullying include snide remarks being made during group ...
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Writing process in a group

I'm doing a PhD in chemistry in a small group of 1 postdoc and 3 other PhDs. When it comes to writing a manuscript, our advisor leaves for us only marginal part of the work to write such as formulas,...
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Group-work course, part of the group failing [closed]

This question is based around a hypothetical, but realistic, scenario. The situation revolves around a group-based course in which the main deliverable is a report. Every group member is ...
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Do universities care about bias experienced in group projects?

I am a master's student, and I will complete my master's program soon. During my second year of my MA program, I had to work on a two-semester group project because it was a requirement for the ...
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How to get in situ anonymous global evaluation from students about the works of their peers

My undergraduate students are going to present their group works to the whole class. I would like that their companions globally and anonymously evaluate them, so that each team can in situ get a ...
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How detrimental is a large lab cohort to a graduate students’ success? [duplicate]

A PI I might potentially apply to is planning on making three or so offers. Said PI only has a few students at present which I think is the reason for their doing so. I worry that I will not get my ...
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Should I do a group project on my own? If so, how?

Recently in one of my courses I have been assigned a task to be done in small groups (of 3 people). It turns out not to be too long (especially with some previous knowledge that I had), so over the ...
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Is there academic research that supports individual over group work for better learning?

I'm in an undegraduate program in the US where group work is a major focus in most classes. Faculty often cite the important benefits of knowing how to collaborate in teams, claiming how educational ...
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Group-building for project, how to handle non-response? [closed]

I recently switched to a new university and our professor asked us to make groups for a big project next semester. Since I was new I sent an e-mail to everybody available if they are free. I got a ...
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How can I handle publication jealousy among peers in my research lab?

I have been involved in a research lab for a while now. I have a set of peers who work on related, yet non-overlapping fields. I find myself uncomfortable when other's works get accepted in some ...
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Group members barely doing any work but studying a lot for exams

As a university student, how should I deal with students in our group who barely do any work, albeit they study a lot to get good grades in their exams? We've talked to them, but they are convinced ...
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Should I ask my professor to change my project group? [closed]

I am a grad student. I am taking a course wherein we were asked to do a group project. I asked around a few people but people seemed "paired up". I found a group of two people willing to take me in. ...
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How to know a supervisor's working style before joining his group?

I have recently joined a research group, where everything was excellent until two weeks of my joining. My supervisor was very friendly when I met him for the first time at a conference. He was very ...
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Team conflict in a large research project [closed]

I am an undergrad working in a large research project (1 PI, 5 grad students, 15 undergrads). The project has 5 main facets, each of which is the primary responsibility of a single grad student. The ...
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How to work effectively with unengaging labmates as a graduate student?

This might seem like a small problem, but one I've been thinking about lately, and was hoping for some insights. I joined a new lab around a year ago, and while things have mostly been going great, my ...
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What should I do if the lab I am studying at uses a language that I do not understand?

The lab I am studying at is using a language which I completely do not understand at the current time. Almost all of the discussions and presentations are in this language. Sometimes the lab members ...
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Who should I tell about switching a group-based course to pass/no credit?

First, some background: I'm currently involved in a course which is based around a major group project. However, the end of the semester is coming up, and I honestly can't see this project becoming ...
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How to inform adviser that morale in group is low?

Recently, morale in the lab that I work in has been dropping. I don't want to speak for everyone in the lab (there's >10 grad students and >5 postdocs/research faculty), but at least 3 or 4 of the ...
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How do I help minimize interruptions during group meetings as a student?

The project I work on has numerous members -- several graduate students, a couple of postdocs, and my advisor. We meet every other week to discuss progress and update one another on our status. Almost ...
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Group members want to work using virtual meeting (google hangouts) but we already have bad group dynamics

I am in the first semester of my masters degree in a professional field. I have been assigned to a group with a (fake) political stance. Every week of the semester we are expected to make ...
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What should I do in the yearly group event?

I am a first year PhD student. In our group there is this tradition of going to a small village town during an extended weekend and giving presentations. Being a rookie in the group I have never ...
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A postdoc joining my group is interested in my experiment. How to proceed with respect to leadership on the project?

The situation is the following: I have been researching, in an experimental science, the capabilities of a new way how to perform a given experiment. Due to the challenging nature of the project, I ...
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Have I embarassed my supervisors by solving a problem that a PhD student in my group was working on without success?

I'm a bachelor student in mathematics writing my thesis at a small university in the US. A PhD student that has the same supervisor has spent a very significant amount of time working exclusively on a ...
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Do PhD students work alone in American universities?

I came from India to UK for my PhD as I hoped to work in a team and learn from others. However, I am all alone as other students of my professor are. As I inspected this is the case in all UK ...
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What to do when my course-mates are making up research results for a class paper?

My course-mates and I have a scientific paper to do for a class and, despite having had almost 3 months to do it, no one has done anything (or at least tried to do anything) on the research, and now ...
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What is the proper way of addressing a professor whom I work with? [duplicate]

I am a graduate student. Some part of my master thesis requires me to contact a professor from another university. In the first email I addressed him as "Dear Professor Smith". He started his reply ...
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Is reusing old code for a new assignment considered self plagiarism? How to protect yourself if you consider it to be, and a group partner does not?

I am taking a graduate machine learning course and am working with another student in the class on a final project. In his undergraduate studies, the other student wrote code that accomplished a ...
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How to balance lecture participation and not being considered a show-off?

I am a student in a rather small (20-40 students) lecture. This lecture is mandatory for the students of this subject in this semester. In the course of the lecture the professor regularly asks ...
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How to convince labmate to graduate? Graduating, in a 2 person research group?

I work in a small research group, there are 2 graduate students. My advisor is fairly new, and I'm not sure when his tenure date is actually set for. Not necessary info, but pertinent.) The other ...
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Tell supervisor I am unhappy with grading even though grades won't change [closed]

I have been working in a group project of six people at university. I think I made an substantial effort, and would consider me among the two best performers in the group (please accept this as a fact ...
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How to respond to “When are you graduating” when I'm behind

I'm a 5th year Ph.D. student. I've worked on several different projects in the last couple years, some of them not related to my dissertation topic, so I don't yet have enough results to say for sure ...
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A Break after college , following your passion , going on the right path - the implications? [closed]

Okay, first off let me provide an overview of my educational past: Just as any kid I went through school, and then high school with an integrated prep course for getting into a top notch college in ...
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How do junior professors build up a team of lab personnel?

In the field of computer science how does a junior professor recruit graduate and undergraduate research assistants to initially build up a lab at a university? How long would this normally take? In ...
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How to deal with the extreme social hierarchies in research meetings?

It seems to me that academic settings have a very high degree of social hierarchy and I find it very hard to deal with it while being at the bottom of the ladder. Any tips on how to deal with it? I ...
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What texts describe a desired behavior when a personal conflict could affect a professional decision? [closed]

In Academia, is there any legal text or chart commenting about the desired behavior when a personal conflict could affect a set of professional decision? A rough example of such chart would be a ...
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What are the best criteria to take into account when creating groups of students, to maximize their efficiency?

This is my first post to the community. I am currently researching on the criteria that make grouping of students as efficient as possible. There are many methods that a professor in an international ...
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How to send end-of-the-year wishes in academic environment?

Currently I am working in a research group where there is much emphasis on the interpersonal relations. I want to write an email and send it to my direct supervisor, with whom I have closer ...
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What can I do to prevent ethnic conflicts in research groups?

Many research groups are international. While I hope that academics are in general open-minded and tolerant, there might still be a potential for conflicts when researchers from different ethnic ...
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Encouraging students to be more social with each other via course wall exchanges

I find that students do not always use the course walls to talk to each other. I want to help them be more social, but don't necessarily want to tie this to class participation grades. I want them ...
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How to stay motivated in a group with low motivation?

After joining a research group, I discovered my colleagues are always lowly motivated. They play card games and online games, and they listen to songs with the loudspeakers on all the time. They never ...
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How to conduct an effective regular group meeting?

My research group has regular group meeting but I usually think it is not effective. In particular the research area of the group is very diverse, every time I just listen on something I cannot ...
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Joining a group for PhD, how do I judge the atmosphere before I sign?

I am looking to start a PhD project soon and I have almost decided on the group in which I will apply. But I know that I am a very sensitive person when it comes to any work atmosphere. I have to feel ...
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How common are 'monitors' (class leaders)?

I have found that in Asian universities, there is a concept I am unfamiliar with: The monitor. The monitor here is not someone who monitors but rather one student, usually elected by the other ...
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Effectiveness of grouping students to balance skills

In the past, when forming student groups in class I've always allowed the students to form their own groups, which has certainly made them happy as they tend to form around social circles. As a side ...