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What are the five stages of group development? (Mark 10)


  • Forming- Stage which is characterized by some confusion and uncertainty. Forming is actually an orientation period when members get to know one another and share expectations about the group. It is an initial stage where people of the group comes together and begins to develop relationship with one another.
  • Storming- Stage where one can see the highest level of disagreement and conflict. Members mainly voice their concern and criticism. Interpersonal conflicts arise and differences of opinion about the group goals also emerge.
  • Norming- Characterized by the recognition of individual differences and shared expectations. Responsibilities are divided among members and the group decides how it will evaluate the progress.
  • Performing- Occurs when the group has matured and attains a feeling of cohesiveness. In this stage, members of the group make decision through a rational process that is focused on relevant goals rather than emotional issues.
  • Adjourning- Indicates that members of the group often experience feelings of closure and sadness as they prepare to leave. It is the final stage when the group, after achieving the objectives for which it was created, starts to gradually dissolve itself.
5 Stages of Group Development

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