The Value of Teams

The Value of Teams

Resource: Ch. 1 & 2 of Working in Groups

Write a 100- to 200-word response to each of the following (this means each bullet point should have an answer of at least 100 words):

  •  In what kind of teams have you participated?
  • How is communication in a team different from one-on-one communication, according to the text?
  • What are some advantages of teamwork? What are some disadvantages? Be specific.
  • Identify and describe the stages of team development.
  • How might stronger team skills benefit you? How might you use teamwork skills in your job? Provide specific examples.
  • What is it like to participate in a virtual meeting, such as web-based, teleconference, and so forth? Describe three ways in which this type of participation is different from participating in a face-to-face meeting.

Remember to write at a collegiate level. Your summary should be logical, flow well, and use proper grammar and sentence structure.

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Applying the Sociological Perspectives

While reading Chapter 1, become familiar with the three major sociological perspectives because you will be asked to use them repeatedly throughout the course. Try to think of these theoretical perspectives, not as true or false, but as useful or less useful for a particular circumstance. You can think of them like lenses. You would not use a microscope to look at stars, nor would you use a telescope to look at tissue samples. Each of these perspectives offers unique insights.

Use all three perspectives (functionalism, conflict, and interactionism) to analyze one of the following issues: Fraternities and sororities, social networking sites, or employer/employee relations.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word essay in which you complete the following:

  • Give a brief introduction that identifies the issue you have chosen and why.
  • Describe in three separate paragraphs how each perspective would view or explain the issue.
  • Include in your analysis elements of culture and how humans learn, develop, and become integrated into society.
  • Provide a conclusion that discusses which perspective you think is most applicable to the issue or how the three perspectives complement one another in understanding the issue.

Format your essay consistent with APA guidelines.

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