This reflective essay is based on our group/ team work presentation. I will be using analysing our
group formation, performance and what I would do differently in future. This reflective piece will be
described using Driscoll (1994) model of reflection. This model helps me to evaluate myself, our
group performance and consider what I will change or improve on in the future to better my
understanding. I will follow the three stages of Driscoll’s reflective cycle systematically to structure
my reflective essay.
In the class of 12 student s, our tutor divided us into three sub- group of four students. The purpose
Was for us to do group presentation based on our chosen topic on health promotion project. Each
member in the group has to actively participate in order to demonstrate collaborative team work.
In the beginning , my group seems to be lost and confused, I was worried and concerned. I was
thinking where are we going to start from. I did not know my colleagues well prior to us being
in one group. My initial reaction was how I am going to work with other people that I do not know
well? So I decided to get the know them in order for us to build a working relationship where we
can identify the strength and weakness of each member of the team.
I was overwhelmed by what need doing and at the same time thinking of what other team members
Would say about me. I found it difficult at first to interact and speak up because I did not know them
Well prior to the group. It also made me question myself about the group as they were very quiet.
I had to ask my tutor many times, I was not sure how this was going to work since no one was
Putting any input.
I have seen that in order for us to move forward we have to assign each one with a task for research
about our project. We had one evening where we rehearse and feedback all the information before
we can finalise for presentation. We also had to voice any concern during the project whether we
disagreed or agreed on several announcement, all in all it went well and was successful. I
found that I have contributed a lot to the extend that surprised me. We all got to know each other
at the end on personal level.
Even if some of my group members were quiet at the beginning of our session, they become more
Active as the time goes by, in the middle of group session, members started contributing. I thought
then that the group initial quietness was a manifestation of my inner feelings of being undermined
by the group. The whole group went well and everyone was able to contribute, for me the feeling of
being undermined were more profound after the other sub-groups were reunited into a much
larger group of 12. This threw me off guard including members of my group because I was already
used to my group of four.
Good communication is the major effect, because I am able to effectively communicate and
coordinate tasks to the group. Levin, P. (2002).
I have learned that forming group takes time and the members often go through the recognition
stages as they change from being a collection of strangers to one united group with a common goal.
also within my group I think we are all polite, although some were anxious this is because we did
not fully understood each other. Bruce Tuckman has identified four tages that define group
development .understanding it would help determine what is happening with the group and how
to manage what is occurring. The four group development are, forming, norming, storming, and
performing. Information adapted from: Komives, S., Lucas, N., McMahon, T. (1998).
I understood working with other professional group has given me and the group benefit from a
Number of different ways and a wealth of knowledge and experience. The presentation made us
Made us more equip than we would have been if my group was to be only with other health
being from different cultural background I feel that I understand the topic of discussion better than
anyone in my, this has given me more confident on what needs doing in collaboration with the