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Group Discussion Rubric


  A (4) B (3) C (2) D (1)
Preliminaries (Getting ready for the discussion) Group members in circle; each gives name; leader identified; task clarified; recorder identified Circle seating; names given; task clarified; recorder identified; but no leader identified Seating scattered; names shared but no leader identified; task/ weakly clarified Group begins without preliminaries – (e.g .circle, names, explanation of task, recorder,etc)
Problem Solving Strategy Followed Group goes through steps: define, analyze, brainstorm solutions, select solution Group brainstorms w/o first defining the problem No clear problem defined; brainstorming is an evaluative process Group moves immediately to solutions
Problem-Solving Methods Group members willingly collaborated to achieve consensus Group approached consensus but settled on compromise (lose-lose) Group unable to achieve consensus w/o resorting to a vote (win-lose) Stalled
Groupthink Meaningful alternatives/ ideas explored; dissent sought out and encouraged Limited alternatives/ ideas suggested; some dissent tolerated Few alternatives/ ideas proposed; dissent not sought out Groupthink occurs.  No real consideration of alternatives; pressure to conform
Participation All members contribute to the development and management of the thought-line All members contribute to a limited or unbalanced development of thought line. Development and management of thought-line dependent on 1-2 members Little or no development of the thought – line; weak management of thought-line
Task and Social Goals Group balances both task and social goals; demonstrates ability to accomplish both Group focuses on task and social goals but out of balance Group focuses only on one goal (task or social) Group had no goals
Roles Appropriate balance between task & social roles 2:1 Social roles predominate (not enough task) All members play only task roles OR only social roles Dysfunctional roles predominate
Leadership Balanced sharing of leadership Unbalanced sharing of leadership One person seizes leadership No leadership
Preparation All members prepared; 100% Most members prepared; majority Few members prepared; ½ or less Most members unprepared (1 – none prepared)
  36 points27 points 18 points 9 points

Scoring range =  9 - 36 points

Effective group discussion requires participants/leaders to manage the thought-line and build the thought-line. The thought-line is the collective ideas/thoughts of the group, which have been developed during the discussion.