Models of Group Development

Models of Group Development

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In 2018, I was in a certain group tasked with doing a certain assignment. This assignment carried 50 percent of the total marks of that subject. The first time we met for 30 minutes. During this meeting, we introduced ourselves and shared the tasks. We then met after three weeks. During this meeting, members were required to come with completed tasks. To our shock on three out of eight members had done the work. Conflicted erupted and some members almost fought. The assignment was due that day. Some members talk with the professor for an extension. Luckily, we were given 14 days to complete the task. We were also advised to utilize Tuckman’s Model of group development for group success (Forsyth, 2019).

The model involves five stages. The first stage is forming (Seck & Helton, 2012). During this stage, we met and discussed issues that led to failure in our first task. We selected one member to control the group. The second stage is storming. Most conflicts occur in this stage. To avoid any conflict, we worked on accepting individual differences and agreeing on team goals (Seck & Helton, 2012). Every group member was encouraged to participate.

The third stage is the norming. At this stage, some degree of unity had emerged. Here, we agreed on individual roles. All the focus was on team goals (Seck & Helton, 2012). The fourth stage is performing. At this time, our group was well-functioning and organized. Every member was committed to our goal. Our focus here was completing individual tasks and combining the work to meet the team goal. The final stage is adjourning where after submitting our assignment, team members went into separate ways (Seck & Helton, 2012). The model helped develop our group and achieve group goals.


Forsyth, D. R. (2019). Group dynamics (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.

Seck, M. & Helton, L. (20140. Faculty Development of a Joint MSW Program Utilizing Tuckman’s Model of Stages of Group Development. Social Work with Groups, 37 (2), 158-168.