Conflicts often emerge due to colliding expectations or miscommunication, when someone in the group does not feel included or recognised.
It is important to have clear agreements from the beginning of the project work, as you will be able to use them as a common ground for discussing your conflicts - what did you actually agree on from the beginning?
Problems can often be solved by checking whether the conditions for your cooperation are comprehensive and updated.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A CONFLICT IN YOUR GROUP, DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING:
- Group Expectations and Agreement - is the conflict rooted in different ideas and expectations?
- Academic or personal conflict? - does the conflict stem from academic or personal differences?
- Evaluate your current work patterns - are there any problems in your current work environment
- Open and honest discussion - take turns to say out loud what your individual experiences of the group work are. Do not interrupt
- Be constructive! - how can you improve your current situation and move on from the conflict?