Gibbs Framework for Reflection- Essay

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This reflective essay is conducted based on the Gibbs Framework for Reflection (Gibbs1988). It is one of the most common frameworks in academic work and thus suitablefor the purpose of this assignment. Gibbs' framework follows six steps: describing theevent to be reflected on, illustrating the writer's feelings and thoughts, evaluating theafore-mentioned, an analysis, a conclusion and an action plan.During one of the classes of the internship module, students were asked to put downtheir thoughts on a specific statement they were given by the lecturer. The statementour group - according to the definition given by Schein (2010) we were exactly thisbecause we perceived ourselves as a group - was handed was described as "askingquestions" in an internship environment. Our group, being one of the 'informalorganisation' kind according to Mullins (2010), consisted of those students taking onthe group project together.Me and the rest of the group were trying to understand the task we were handed. Oneof our group's members wasn't really participating (her name will not be featured).There was a lot of discussion within the group as to how we should approach this task.Meanwhile, this one member was not taking part in finding solutions, instead beingoccupied with her smartphone.While I am not sure whether the other group members were aware of this, I was tryingto involve this individual by asking her for an opinion on the matter and how she wouldsolve it. Whilst giving brief answers she quickly detached from the group's initiative. Inthe end, we were able to fulfil the task in a satisfactory way through the professionalcooperation of the remaining four members.Regarding my feelings and thoughts, I didn't anticipate any of my group members notjoining into the conversation as we had experienced fruitful cooperation throughout thesemester. Thus, I was irritated by her non-participation- a reaction that seems obvious,given the fact that I found myself being a Shaper after evaluating my personalbehaviour preferences in Belbin's Team Role Theory (Belbin, 1981). Belbin describesthe Shaper being prone to provocation or irritation.After my unsuccessful attempt to include her, I could feel myself becoming unsettledbecause of her behaviour. I can imagine this was not only down to what she said, butespecially because of her negative body language, the latter being more powerful thanspoken words, as Mehrabian (1971) points out. I don't like it when people sign up forgroup work and cooperation just for them to not participate in tasks that demand gettinginvolved and being proactive.I wouldn't criticise my group members for not trying to motivate her, as they fulfilledtheir part in the assignment. After all, we accomplished the task. Thus, I am notbothered anymore by the non-participation of one member in that moment.Evaluating the afore-mentioned, the overall experience I made on this occasion wasquite useful to me. It showed me that making team members participate can be hard.This group was also a team, since Huczynski and Buchanan say teams achievecollective results "by members' close collaboration" (2013, p348), which was the case.I believe there was something throwing this specific group member off from beingeffective. This could be the result of a personal issue or a motivational problem, thelatter possibly because the task wasn't interesting enough to her. It is unlikely that this
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