Dealing with the Difficulties of Group Work People problems There is no attempt to get to know each other as people. One or two people try to dominate the others. Some group members try to monopolise the discussion. Some group members do not speak at all – they just sit in silence. Most of the group wants to talk – and not listen. Individual members’ ideas are ridiculed or dismissed by other group members. Group members are reluctant to take the initiative to start a discussion. Individual members’ ideas are ridiculed or dismissed by other group members. Individual members prove to be unreliable: they do not do what they say they will do. Two or three group members quarrel and create a bad atmosphere. Some group members are deliberately isolated or ignored. Process problems There are no ‘ground rules’ agreed on. There is a lack of clarity on the purpose of the activity set. Specific roles or tasks are not agreed and delegated to group members. No deadlines/timeframes are agreed on/ known. There is no lead person agreed or allocated for each activity. Activities start late or run on over time. No record of the activity is made. Adapted from: Learnhigher (n.d.) Making Groupwork Work. [Online]. Available at: http://tinyurl.com/p8zlnxt (Accessed: 21 March 2014).