Learning Teams as a Social Group

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Learning Teams as a Social Group A social group is defined as two or more people who identify and interact with one another. For the purpose of this paper, I will examine the first learning team that I was a member of at the University of Phoenix. The role of this learning team was to complete given assignments and work together as a team in doing so. The social function that this team supported was education.

This learning team would be considered a primary group. According to Schaefer (2005), a primary group is a small group characterized by intimate, face-to-face association and cooperation (chpt 6, pgs 130 & 131). "Primary groups play a pivotal role in the socialization process and in the development of roles and statuses" (Schaefer, 2005, chpt 6, pg 131, Para 2)This learning team group had a huge impact on me personally. When I first started school, I was terrified.

I had a big fear of speaking in front of a group of people. This learning team helped me get through that. Our first class, first presentation, I froze even though we practiced and practiced; I still stuttered all the way through the presentation and forgot half of what I wanted and needed to say. The other two members of the team were naturals and it did not seem to bother them at all to stand there and speak in front of the class; they were flawless. When we started our next class, I thought that I would be looking for another team. I honestly felt that I had let them down and they would want someone on the team that was more like them. The other two members of the first team stuck by me and still wanted me as a part of the team. In...