The third stage of Tuckman’s model is norming. The norming stage is when the resistance and conflict starts to be overcome and the group finds a more cohesive structure. In this stage, group members are likely to express their opinion and the group is starting to get down to the task at hand.
The fourth stage is performing. This stage, as the name suggest, is when the goals and the task of the group are being performed and achieved. The group is working smoothly to complete the task and purpose of the group. The roles of the group members are more flexible and the members are more focused on their roles and the completion of the task.
The original model left off at the performing stage. The revised model added the stage of adjourning. Adjourning is the ending of the group. The group may dissolve abruptly or gradually after the task is complete. Some group members may feel a sense of morning after the group adjourns. Some members of the group depart as soon as the group dissolves while other members stick around and remain a part of the group for a while prolonging the groups devolvement.
As a social worker student I was looking for a model that would explain the inner workings of a group. I wanted to understand the dynamics of a group to full understand the working of my own group in which I was placed. I wanted to learn and understand the importance of group dynamics so that I could full evaluate my group to the best of my ability at the end of the task.
What questions need to be addressed
Is the model relevant to my purpose for consulting the source
Is the model expressed clearly in terms that are understandable
Can I apply the model to my learning and my professional practice
All theories have strengths and weaknesses. No theory provides a complete account. How is this identified in your chosen text
Tuckman's model covers the stages of group dynamics in clearly to allow understanding of the model. I observer the stages in my own group and was able to apply his model to my learning as the group was working through each stage. I discovered that the size of the group was large and probably contributed to the slow start and some of the conflict at the start of the group. A facilitator is very important at the beginning and could help