Reflections on Small Group Activity for September 2 – Abstract Company

I’m always tentative about doing small group activities.  It’s not so much about being shy or wanting to work on my own.  It’s more about the work that goes in to figuring out personality types and group dynamics in a very short period of time.  You have to figure out who is outspoken, who tends to let others steamroll them, who takes longer to express an idea, who wanders down every rabbit trail they sniff, and who has no idea what’s going on.  All that said, I really enjoyed creating the abstract company with my group.  As far as companies go, I don’t think it was truly viable in a realistic sense, but we did get to talk about what processes would allow us to distribute quality abstracts.  This conversation got each of us thinking more about just what makes up a quality abstract and the work that should go into as we abstract our class readings from here on out.  I thought it was interesting that in such a short period of time, we could actually disagree, discuss, and resolve some issues that a few of us were actually pretty adamant about.  I also thought it was interesting that we could be pretty adamant about anything in such a short period of time.  The intensity hopefully speaks to our true desire for accuracy and usefulness even in these early stages of learning about information representation.

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