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					                 ESP 437
              Assignment Two
‘Group Skills Development and Analysis Task’
   Table of Contents


      Introduction
   Comparison Chart
      Quote Chart
        Analysis
Professional Application
    Attendance Chart
Work Responsibility Chart
 Group Work Conclusion
       References


       Appendix
   Task One Scenario
   Task One Decision
  Task One Transcript
   Task Two Scenario
  Task Two Transcript
   Task Two Decision
                                           Introduction:


        A social skill is defined as a behaviour that is directed towards another person or
group, or additionally, is demonstrated in the presence of others (What is a Social Skill,
n.d.). These skills are characterised by specific aspects which identify them distinctively
as social. Only when a skill helps an individual achieve a goal; is based on a desire to
further a relationship with others; is genuine and respects the rights of others; and is
appropriate to the situation (based on societal norms), can it be defined as social (What is
a Social skill, n.d.). Further, a social skill has the potential to be measured, developed and
assessed (What is a Social Skill, n.d.).
        The following document relates to a group’s development of eight specific social
skills, including:


        -     Active listening
        -     Respectful disagreeing
        -     Using I-messages in non-polarising ways to express person opinions
        -     Positive tracking
        -     Summarising and looking for agreement
        -     Suggesting and persuading
        -     Including others
        -     Negotiation


        To refine these skills, the group engaged in two decision-making tasks, which
required them to negotiate a resolution to two hypothetical scenarios. The first task took
place early on in the process and an analysis of their discussion provided the opportunity
for group members to identify their weaknesses and strengths in the above skills. The
second task took place several weeks later, giving group members time to practice and
improve in these areas. An analysis of this second discussion illustrated the progress the
group had made in the development of applying their social skills to decision-making
situations.
       The following sections of this document analyse and provide evidence of the
group’s progress.
                                                   Comparison:


       The following chart illustrates the frequency of which each social skill was
exercised throughout both decision-making tasks:



     90
                82
     80   76

     70


     60                                                                                    Discussion 1
                                                                                           Discussion 2
     50


     40


     30                                                            27
                                                                        25
                                                              21
                                         17            18
     20

                                9                                            9 8
     10                    7                                                           8
                      5                            5                               5
                                              2
      0
                                                        SLA
           AL




                                              PT
                      RD




                                                                                   N
                                                                             IO
                                                                   SP
                                 NP IM




                     AL:        Active Listening
                     RD:        Respectful Disagreeing
                     NPIM:      Non-Polarising I-Messages
                     PT:       Positive Tracking
                     SLA:      Summarising and Looking for Agreement
                     SP:       Suggesting and Persuading
                     IO:       Including Others
                     N:        Negotiation



***Conclusion/summary of data***
                                         Quotes:


        The table below provides specific examples of how the group exercised each of
the specified social skills:

                                                                                  Discussion
            Skill                                  Quote
                                                                                    1 or 2
                               Scary: well that’s probably a bit fairer to
                                everybody else as well.
                               Ginger: and the other family members too.
                                Is that what you mean? Like the other
                                family members would still have them too              2
                                like it’s just not for us?
      Active Listening         Posh: don’t you mean its only one of our
                                grandpas?
                               Scary: yeah
                               Ginger: She had, like, a hard time choosing
                                what to do, like, by asking the other
                                                                                      1
                                people…
                               Posh: Yeah I’d find it really hard
                               Posh: I like that list... But I still don't know
                                                                                      1
                                about Tim
  Respectful Disagreeing       Ginger: In theory I think ‘Oh the photo
                                albums should go before the dog but in                2
                                real life I would definitely take the dog
                               Baby: I'd take the kittens just because the
                                kittens aren't going to be able to survive
                                and we could probably find another way
                                                                                      2
                                to get the documents (regarding groups
Expressing opinion in non-
                                view that the kittens should got before the
     polarising ways
                                documents)
                               Baby: yeah I wouldn't, if I had a dog I
                                wouldn't leave it (regarding groups view              2
                                that the dog should not be left behind)
                               Baby: Yeah, like we've got so far we've got
                                Tim, as number one, Debbie as number
                                two, Greg as three and then the other two
                                that don't care, OR, now it's a toss up
     Positive Tracking          between whether Greg should be three                  1
                                OR put down to number give, because he
                                was just like whatever I hate you now,
                                but the other two were just like listen it's
                                none of our business".
                               Posh: So are you happy to have the dogs,               2
                             the cats, the documents and the photo
                             albums. That's fine?
                            Scary: Yep, yep I mean that's a good, that's
                             a good...
                            Posh: so now we're just working out the
                             order. Is that what we're doing?
                            Scary: yep

                            Scary: so is everyone all alright, all good
                             with the order: Tim, Debbie, George,           1
                             Ann, Greg, Andrew
Summarising and Looking     Sporty: all right so the maybes are: ten
    for Agreement            photo albums um yep, the cat and the five
                             kittens, the only manuscript left of that      2
                             book that was written was that almost
                             finished or something?
                            Posh: But they elderly people they were like
                             kind of nothing, like they’re not really
                             low and they’re not really high like they
                             just didn’t… they didn’t care but… was it
                                                                            1
                             like… it’s none of their business really,
                             for them to go up to them and be like hey,
                             like who was she to them, like really
Suggesting and Persuading    (group laughs)
                            Ginger: well nah I was just going to say
                             thinking about it now I would sort of be
                             inclined to put the documents second the
                             dog third because the dog well as we said      2
                             before could probably survive, but I know
                             in real life I wouldn’t do that so there’s
                             probably no point in that.
                            Posh (to Scary): all right, so you reckon the
                                                                            2
                             pets first?
    Including Others
                            Sporty: Umm…the photo albums, what are
                                                                            2
                             we thinking?
                            Posh: I would take the dog over the money.
                            Sporty: I would personally but I suppose it
                             depends on your economic situation as
                             well. Five thousand dollars is a lot to
                             some people. But it is a life...
       Negotiation          Posh: I guess it is a stray dog like you’ve     2
                             gotta think like...
                            Ginger: yeah and...
                            Posh: and you’ve only had it ten months,
                             like do you know what I mean
                            Sporty: yeah like you haven’t grown an
 attachment
Posh: yeah it’d be right
Ginger: yeah I think the dog will be ok
Posh: but we kind of seem like meanies
 being like yeah we want the money over
 the dog.
Ginger: yeah I know!
Scary: yeah but um oh I’ve forgotten what I
 was going to say yeah but wouldn’t you
 have formed an attachment within those
 ten months though? Like it would be like
 more like survival smart because it has
 been a stray but I think it depends on just
 how attached we are to it.
Posh: why don’t you just like throw the
 ashes? Like as you go? Like into the
 water? And keep something else

Posh: Yeah I’d find it really hard, like on
  the moral list, ‘cos Andrew’s down the
  bottom because he’s awful because he
  was just doing it for himself and then…
  Tim I’d put pretty bad because he didn’t
  go after his friend and be like look, you
  need to talk to her (group agrees), he just
  like said nah I’m gonna keep… I’m
  gonna stick with you Debbie
  (Ginger:Yeah) (group mumbles) and he
  probably touched her butt
Ginger: And he didn’t ask the friend like
  either like oh is it ok if I take Debbie
                                                1
Posh: Mmm
Ginger: But then again he is taking care of
  her so I’d put him like not at the bottom
Posh: Like in the middle
(Group mumbles, agrees)
Scary: I reckon I’d probably him higher
  because like, he’s the more
  compassionate one and just like
  understood, her situation more than…
Baby: I’d put him, yeah, I wouldn’t put him
  top or anything (Scary: no) but I’d put
  him about three or four… I think
                                        Analysis:

***Introduction***


Active Listening:
   Active listening is displayed when the listener responds to the speaker in some way
   that assures them that they are being listened to (McGrath, n.d.). This can be
   demonstrated by simply saying something to acknowledge the speakers words,
   repeating or paraphrasing the discussion, or by asking a question of the speaker to
   prove that they are being heard. This was the most commonly used social skill
   throughout both group discussions, with discussion one showing 76 instances of this
   skill and discussion two showing 82. Despite its dominance however, it was perhaps
   the most difficult to capture in the transcripts. Simple words and noises, such as
   ‘yeah’ and ‘mmm…’ were repeatedly used by all members of the group to
   acknowledge each others views and opinions, but because some were so minor and
   indistinguishable, they were often overlooked in the transcription process and could
   only be captured audibly. More discernible displays of active listening (such as
   repetition and asking questions) were exercised throughout the second discussion as
   group members became more conscious of this skill. This was perhaps the most
   exercised skill as it is employed in everyday conversations, not only in decision-
   making discussions. This meant that group members were able to use this skill more
   naturally, allowing group members to feel comfortable and safe in the opinions they
   expressed.


Respectful Disagreeing:
   Can be demonstrated by stating points of agreement, however small, before points of
   disagreement (McGrath, n.d.). For example, in discussion one, Posh stated that she
   liked the order of the list compiled by the group, but still wasn’t sure about the
   placement of Tim. The use of respectful disagreeing increased between discussion
   one and two, from five to seven. This could be contributed to the fact that group
   members were more aware of how they phrased their disagreements, so they did not
   sound like their suggestions negated the group’s progress so far.
I-messages:
   An "I message" is a statement that tells the listener what you see, think, feel, or want,
   in an objective manner that does not assign blame or put the listener down (Denton
   and Kriete, 2009). This can be done, for example, by explaining any relevant personal
   experiences. I-messages can be presented to result in two possible outcomes:
   polarisation and non-polarisation. If the information is used in accordance with group
   consensus, it is said to be non-polarising. It acts as further evidence to strengthen the
   group’s opinion and consolidates the speaker as a supporter of this opinion. This
   occurred in discussion two as Sporty told the group that her personal experience with
   living in a bush fire prone area has taught her the importance of personal documents.
   Her I-message was consistent with the group’s view that it would be important to
   save the personal documents. Alternatively, polarisation of the group’s consensus can
   occur when I-messages are used to give new understanding of the situation. In the
   first discussion, many of the groups I-messages were polarising, perhaps due to the
   fact that group members interpreted the story differently and therefore did not have a
   consistent opinion of the argument. As the group engaged in the second discussion,
   polarising I-messages were still used, however, non-polarising I-messages increased
   from 9 to17. This may have been due to the fact that we were less confused about the
   situation and surer of our individual values placed on the different objects. Similar
   values helped the group reach consensus and this was reflective in the increased use
   of non-polarising I-messages. Consequently, the group was able to communicate
   more effectively and feel more confident harmonious in our end decisions


Positive Tracking:
   McGrath (n.d.) describes positive tracking as commenting on what is going well and
   on good ideas and highlighting where agreement has been reached. Therefore, it can
   be summarised as focusing on the strengths, progress and positive aspects of the
   situation. In discussion one, positive tracking occurred twice. It's frequency increased
   in discussion two, occurring five times. A likely reason for this rise in frequency
   could be a simple as by the second discussion we had covered and been taught the
   social skill in class, therefore had obtained knowledge of how and when it should be
   used, as well as the positive impact it can have on the group reaching a decision.
   Another reason could be that all group members had gotten to know each other more
   by the second discussion and therefore felt more comfortable with each other.
   Because of this, we were able to express and share our opinions more openly and
   consequently the frequency increased. A third reason was that throughout the first
   discussion we got quite confused with the characters of the scenario and their actions.
   This made it difficult for us to make progress and come to conclusions on different
   things throughout the decision making process, meaning that there were less points
   for us to identify as "positive". In the second discussion however, our understanding
   was clearer, meaning that we were able to reach more decisions in a positive manner,
   therefore be able to use the skill of positive tracking more often.


Summarising:
   Group Summarising (and looking for agreement on what’s left to be decided) can
   occur frequently when a group is discussing a problematic topic. It can be described
   as an individual making a comment which summarises what progress the group has
   made and/or what the group has agreed on so far and then identifying what’s left to be
   decided. (McGrath, n.d.) Therefore it is the process of making clear to other group
   members what has been discussed and what is left to be decided and is a very
   important skill to obtain throughout childhood, as it is necessary within schooling and
   working in fields which involve group work. It is a skill usually placed upon the
   leader of the group or the individual taking notes, as they are aware of what has been
   said by other members. Within discussion one group summarising occurred 18 times.
   This number increased to 21 in discussion two indicating several things as to the
   reasons for this rise. As a group we found the second discussion needed further
   summarising of which items had been chosen continuously by the note-taker of the
   group. Therefore it was necessary that we were told repeatedly what we had decided
   on and what we had left to decide on so we could continue to narrow down the
   options to take with us during the flood. We were a group that narrowed everything
   down at the start and needed to backtrack on our decisions, and so summarising
   needed to be done numerous times on what we had disregarded at the beginning. As a
   group we had gotten to know each other and it was clear from the first discussion we
   continually got confused with characters, what they had done and what we all thought
   of them. When we headed into discussion two we had this knowledge and so when
   we became confused instead of going along unsure of who or what we were
   discussing we questioned our note-taker and she summarised for us what we had
   decided       on      and       what       was        left     to      be       discussed.


Suggesting and Persuading:
   Helen McGrath (n.d.) describes the social skill of suggesting and persuading as the
   ability to invite others to consider your suggested idea, and to then provide persuasive
   reasons that support this idea. This is seen as a learning-related social skill that should
   be used throughout collaborative learning as opposed to bulldozing and bossing.
   Suggesting and persuading appeared 27 times throughout the process of discussion
   one, whilst it appeared 25 times throughout discussion two. The difference between
   these two amounts of occurrence in each discussion appears to be too negligible to
   consider, or draw any definite conclusions from. This could be because the skill of
   suggesting as persuading in itself is a very natural skill that a group of people would
   demonstrate when completing this task in a group. As a solution must be reached by
   numerous people who will most likely have differing opinions, so suggestions must
   be made and people need to persuade the others of their suggestions. The appropriate
   and effective use of suggesting and persuading could, more than likely, come fairly
   easy to a university student (which all group members were) as they have already had
   much experience undertaking problems and assignments in the group format and
   hence would have already used and developed these skills in order to reap the
   benefits. Because of how natural it would have been for us to use suggesting and
   persuading, not much should have changed between the two conversations, which it
   did not. A possible reason for the slightly higher number of instances in discussion
   one (a difference of two instances), could be the fact that discussion one was a little
   bit longer in time than discussion two, hence had more opportunities for the instances
   of suggesting and persuading to be demonstrated.
Including Others:
   McGrath (n.d.) defines including others as ‘trying to draw other group members into
   a discussion, negotiation or activity’. This is a key social skill to have within the
   schoolyard and workforce, it allows for positive relationships to develop with a
   simple initiation into discussions. It allows a further circulation of opinions by those
   not confident enough to speak without invitation and makes sure that one topic is able
   to be discussed as a whole group and not dominated by one single party or viewpoint.
   It can go hand in hand with the other social skills as it is necessary to include others
   to share the work load, negotiate and suggest and persuade opinions as there needs to
   be complete group involvement to be able to conduct discussions using these skills.
   The first discussion was longer than the second, we therefore found it to be more
   difficult to come to a conclusion than in the second, and needed the opinions of each
   group member to decide who to list as most moral characters to the least moral.
   Therefore it was necessary for us to question each other on our opinions more often
   than in the second discussion. In discussion one incidents of including others
   occurred 9 times whereas in discussion 2 they only occurred 8 times. The reason for
   this may be placed down to the fact we had all gotten to know each other since the
   first discussion. We attended classes together where we sat together, and had
   discussed the workload on the wiki page that had been set up for the purpose of the
   assignment. We were therefore comfortable enough with each other to state our
   opinions without needing to be asked by other group members


Negotiation:
   Negotiation involves everyone having some input into a decision and gets something
   that they wanted, not all of what they wanted, in the final decision. It must also be
   ensured that all parties can live with the decision, even if it is not completely what
   they wanted. (McGrath, n.d.) Negotiation featured five times in discussion one, whilst
   it featured eight times in discussion two. Since the numbers being dealt with a small,
   a difference of three is notable enough to question why this may be the case.
   Negotiation was often quite difficult to find as most people in the group generally
   agreed with one another, even if they changed their minds later. However, there was a
   little bit more disagreeing occurring in the second discussion (as can be seen by the
   frequency of respectful disagreeing) which could be due to the fact that by discussion
   two, the group had already worked together for some time and hence felt more
   comfortable in disagreeing if they felt it necessary. This disagreeing meant that in
   order for one solution to be reached that each member of the group was somewhat
   satisfied with, negotiation needed to occur. Therefore more disagreeing leads to more
   negotiation necessary.




Conclusion
                              Professional Application:




                                                            One example of where this
                         One example of where this skill
                                                            skill could be effective (if
                              could be effective (if
        Skill                                                 successfully used) when
                            successfully used) when
                                                            interacting with colleagues
                            interacting with students
                                                                     or parents

   Active Listening      Is critical for interacting with   Active listening will help to
                         students, so they feel valued      strengthen working
                         and included and consequently,     relationships between
                         will be more engaged in the        teachers, by assuring that
                         classroom. It will further help    the talker is being valued by
                         to ensure students have            the listener. This could be
                         interpreted information            extremely important if a
                         correctly. When a teacher          relationship is strained or
                         repeats or rephrases a student's   has come into conflict. For
                         response they are able to          example, if there is a dispute
                         confirm that learning has taken    within a faculty regarding
                         place and affirms students         curriculum content,
                         confidence in their knowledge.     negotiation will be easier if
                         If there is a discrepancy          both parties feel their views,
                         between the communications,        or even just their presence
                         active listening will highlight    in the conversation, is being
                         this so any misconceptions can     respected by the other.
                         be corrected immediately.          Further, by actively
                                                            listening to another person,
                                                            the listener may be
                                                            surprised by the validity of
                                                            another person’s argument.
                                                            If they are more open to
                                                            listening, they may in fact be
                                                            more open to alternatives
                                                            presented.


Respectful Disagreeing   Students may express views         Parents may confront the
                         that differ to the teacher's.      teacher with different views
                         Although the teacher may not       on what should be taught, or
                         agree with them, it is important   that things should be taught
                         that they still show respect for   in a different manner. In
                         the student's opinion, which       order to not cause an
                   can be done by employing the       argument, teachers can use
                   skill of respectful disagreeing.   respectful disagreeing so as
                   For example, the class is          to be able to explain their
                   discussing how much                view and why their uphold
                   homework they should be            it. For example, a parent
                   given, students may express        may disagree with an aspect
                   views differing to the teachers.   of the curriculum, such as
                   It is important to show respect    that religion should not be
                   for the students views by saying   taught in any classes. In
                   that they raise and interesting    response, the teacher could
                   point and explaining how it is     say that they agree with the
                   valid, but then explaining why     parent in that religion
                   they believe their view to be      should not be taught as "the
                   more effective that this.          truth" or the only way of
                                                      looking at the world and
                                                      events, but that it is such an
                                                      ingrained part of society
                                                      that students should be
                                                      given a basic understanding
                                                      so they can form their own
                                                      opinions on the topic.


Including Others   When interacting with students     With colleagues, it may be
                   it may be simple to include        helpful to question new staff
                   them through assigning             and initiate them into
                   members to certain groups          discussions within faculty
                   rather than allowing them to       meetings in case they may
                   choose their own groups as this    feel uncomfortable speaking
                   may lead to students being left    up in front of the
                   out. They may also be included     experienced teachers. With
                   in how they are going to learn     parents it may also be
                   through offering them a list of    beneficial to include them in
                   tasks and allowing them to         students learning, so
                   choose the order, in this way      through the use of reading
                   they are included in the           logs, diaries and such
                   processes of their learning        allowing them to write notes
                   within the classroom.              to you and you to them to
                                                      make sure they understand
                                                      they are as much involved in
                                                      the child’s learning as
                                                      possible rather than just a
                                                      witness.


  Negotiation      Depending on the situation,        In a faculty meeting, two
sometimes it can be               teachers have differing
appropriate and effective to      views on how a unit of work
negotiate punishments with        should be assessed. The two
students. For example, a          teachers would need to
student is completing work for    come to a solution where
one subject in a completely       both were at least partially
different class and the student   satisfied. In order for this to
refuses to put the other work     happen, both teachers
away upon request. The            would need to see the value
teacher of this class could       of each type of assessment
negotiate with student whether    and the skills that they help
they come back at lunch time to   develop. An example of a
complete whatever work for        possible solution could be
this subject they have not        that this unit of work is
completed due to completing       assessed in accordance with
the other work, or whether they   one teacher’s idea, but the
hand up their other work and      next unit is assessed
receive it back at a time         according to the other
decided by the teacher.           teacher’s idea so that both
                                  skills are being developed.
                                  Another example could be
                                  that one is used as formal
                                  assessment and the other as
                                  informal assessment.
                         Attendance at Group Meetings:

                                                         Names of those who attended

First recording (Wk 3)

Second recording (Wk 7)

Group analysis meeting (Wk 9)

Other group meetings as needed (specify)

Signatures of all group members to indicate agreement with the above information
                                Task Responsibility:

                                              Name(s) of the person(s) who took
                   Task
                                              responsibility and made it happen
Organising recording equipment for the
first recording session
Locating an appropriate room for the first
recording

Transcribing the first discussion

Transcribing the second discussion

Ensuring that all group members received
the relevant material
Organising recording equipment for the
second recording session
Locating an appropriate room for the
second recording
Communication with members of the
group outside class time
Collection of the cover sheets and
submission of the final qssignment
Communicating assignment grade and
comments to group members
Other responsibilities (Specify)

Signatures of all group members to indicate agreement with the above
information
                           Chart Conclusion:

   5. The completed teamwork rubric (provided on DSO) and a work
  responsibility chart (see format below) and a summary conclusion
    about what improvements the group could make if they were to
complete another group assignment together in a different unit. These
  should all be completed by the group as a whole (either in the final
        class-based group meeting or in a later group meeting)
                               References:

Denton, P & Kriete, R 2009, A Conflict Resolution Protocol for Elementary
   Classrooms,   Responsive    Classroom,       retrieved     3    June    2011,
   <www.responsiveclassroom.org/article.conflict-resolution-protocol-elementary-
   classrooms>

McGrath, no date, Learning Related Social Skills, Teaching for Interpersonal
  Development (Deakin Studies Online), retrieved 02 June 2011,
  <www.vista.deakin.edu.au/webct/urw/lc19034.tp0/cobaltMainFrame.dowebct?J
  SESSIONIDVISTA=yCVJNqnPLwFGbMLQc5JbMmJhkQ2RrjK5G2FN2W4
  mrwWhsfpgMfyd!334190857!vista-m8.its.deakin.edu.au!80!-
  1!1522419854!vista-m4.its.deakin.edu.au!80!-1>

McGrath, no date, What is a Social Skill, Teaching For Interpersonal Development
  (Deakin       Studies      Online),       retrieved     03      June     2011,
  <www.vista.deakin.edu.au/webct/urw/lc19034.tp0/cobaltMainFrame.dowebct?J
  SESSIONIDVISTA=yCVJNqnPLwFGbMLQc5JbMmJhkQ2RrjK5G2FN2W4
  mrwWhsfpgMfyd!334190857!vista-m8.its.deakin.edu.au!80!-
  1!1522419854!vista-m4.its.deakin.edu.au!80!-1>
Appendixes
                                   Task One Scenario:

                                        Shipwrecked:
 A luxury cruise ship sank in a terrible storm and everyone on board drowned except for
six people, who escaped in two life boats. In the first boat were Andrew, a member of the
ships maintenance crew, Debbie an accountant, George a retired bank manager and his
wife Anne, a retired teacher. In the second boat were Greg, a stock broker who was
engaged to be married to Debbie, Tim also a stockbroker and Greg’s best friend. During
the fierce storm, the two life boats became separated. The first boat washed ashore on an
island and was almost totally wrecked. Debbie searched the entire island all day for the
second boat, hoping that it had washed up on the island and that Greg was safe, but she
found no sign of it. The next day the weather cleared but she still could not find any sign
that the boat with Greg had survived. She noticed with some concern that there were
several sharks swimming in the water surrounding the island. In the distance she could
just see another island. Hoping to find Greg, she begged Andrew to help her repair the
boat just enough to ensure it could get her to the other island. He agreed but only on the
condition that she slept with him first. Distraught she went to George and Anne for help
and advice but they did not want to be apart of her decision and said to her, “We cannot
tell you what is right for you, you will have to decide for yourself. We now have to focus
on our own survival”. Confused but desperate to find Greg she finally agreed to
Andrew’s condition. The next morning, Andrew patched up his boat the best he could,
much of the boat had been destroyed and could only take one person. Debbie started to
row across to the other island. Just as she reached the shore of the other island the boat
completely disintegrated. She was overjoyed to see Greg and his friend Tim waiting for
her, both safe despite their boat also being completely destroyed. She threw herself into
Greg’s arms. That night when Greg asked her how she had managed to convince Andrew
to fix the boat for her, she told him about all that had happened including Andrew’s
condition. In a rage, Greg pushed her aside and stormed off shouting “get away from me
you slut. I want nothing to do with you”. Sobbing uncontrollably, Debbie walked down to
the beach where she bumped into Tim. Seeing her distressed Tim asked her what had
happened. Weeping she told him the whole story, “Don’t worry Debbie,” he said putting
his arms around her, “I’ve always liked you and I will take care of you until we can find
another way to get off this island”.
                                   Task One Decision:

Task:
As a group, rank all six characters from 1 most moral -6 least moral




                               Rank                Character
                                1                    Tim
                                2                   Debbie
                                3                   George
                                4                    Anne
                                5                    Greg
                                6                   Andrew
                                   Task One Transcript:


Posh: Shipwrecked: a luxury cruise ship sank in a terrible storm and everyone on board
drowned except for six people, who escaped in two life boats. In the first boat were
Andrew, a member of the ships maintenance crew, Debbie an accountant, George a
retired bank manager and his wife Anne, a retired teacher. In the second boat were Greg
a stock broker who was engaged to be married to Debbie, Tim also a stockbroker and
Greg's best friend. During the fierce storm, the two life boats became separated. The first
boat washed ashore on an island and was almost totally wrecked. Debbie searched the
entire island all day for the second boat, hoping that it had washed up on the island and
that Greg was safe, but she found no sign of it. The next day the weather cleared but she
still could not find any sign that the boat with Greg had survived. She noticed with some
concern that there were several sharks swimming in the water surrounding the island. In
the distance she could just see another island. Hoping to find Greg, she begged Andrew
to help her repair the boat just enough to ensure it could get her to the other island. He
agreed but only on the condition that she slept with him first…oh lovely. Distraught she
went to George and Anne for help and advice but they did not want to be apart of her
decision and said to her, we cannot tell you what is right for you, you will have to decide
for yourself. We now have to focus on our own survival. Confused but desperate to find
Greg she finally agreed to Andrew's condition. The next morning, Andrew patched up his
boat the best he could, much of the boat had been destroyed and could only take one
person. Debbie started to row across to the other island. Just as she reached the shore of
the other island the boat completely disintegrated. She was overjoyed to see Greg and his
friend Tim waiting for her. Both safe despite their boat also being completely destroyed.
She threw herself into grogs arms. That night when Greg asked her how she had
managed to convince Andrew to fix the boat for her, she told him about all that had
happened including Andrews condition. In a rage, Greg pushed her aside and stormed off
shouting get away from me you slut. I want nothing to do with you. Sobbing
uncontrollably, Debbie walked down to the beach where she bumped into Tim. Seeing her
distressed Tim asked her what had happened. Weeping she told him the whole story,
Don’t worry Debbie, he said putting his arms around her, I’ve always liked you and I will
take care of you until we can find another way to get off this island. Your task: as a
group, rank all six characters from 1 most moral -6 least moral. Include these group
rankings as part of your final assignment ...whoa...There’s like million people and only
one story line

(several people talking at same time, laughing and agreeing

Baby & Ginger: I know

Baby: I was like what the hell?!

Scary: That was totally days of our lives

Posh: We might actually have to write stuff down because I don’t know like…
Baby: I know

Ginger: Coz doesn’t it have an explanation of each….

Posh: Yeah it just says “this persons a stockbroker” which is really confusing. So
Andrew, what did Andrew do? Maybe we should say what they each did. So Andrew was
the one who said she had to sleep with him, is that right?

Ginger: And he was a member of the ships crew

Posh: But he was the maintenance guy... oh c’mon Debbie

(Group laughs)

Scary: I think was the…was there only six characters wasn’t there?

Posh: Yep

Scary: I think Andrew’s pretty down the list

Ginger: Yeh

Posh: I don’t understand why they’re in separate boats, if your like getting engaged,
wouldn’t you be like hey come on my boat with me, like its kind of weird…(group laughs
and agrees) anyway, so yeh he’s pretty bad, Andrew

Baby: Maybe they just got like separated and stuff

Posh: oh maybe oh yeh .there was a storm. Yeh There was a storm It was pretty serious

Baby: All right so we’ve. And then Debbie was the accountant

Ginger: We’ve got Andrew

Scary: Who was George?

Posh: Oh George and Anne all they did was say no we cant help you

Scary: Oh yeh yeh

Ginger: Oh So they’d be kind of low as well because they were like we have to look after
ourselves and we’re not gonna like think about you

Baby: Yeh, and look at them, they’re like, they’re like a retired bank manager and a
retired teacher so they’re pretty much like they’re only concerned about themselves
because they’re retired and they only would have been on this like ship because they’re
on a holiday and then they would have been just rescued and think oh we’ve got each
other. The end.

(Posh and Ginger agree)

Baby: But in saying that you would think that they would also, umm because they’re
married you would also think that they would feel sympathy.

Ginger: and because she was a teacher that’s like a..

Baby: yeh

Ginger: because you would have compassion for other people

Scary: because they’re older and wiser as well

Ginger: yeh

Posh: but they are like, pretty distressed. Like, they have been shipwrecked.

(Group agrees)

Posh: You’d be having a hard weekend

(Group giggles)

Posh: Alright, okay, so lets go ok, so Andrew was awful because he said he’d only help
her If she slept with him. That was bad

Ginger: but then again at the end he was like oh I’ll take care of you, but that was sort of
selfish

Scary: wasn’t that a different guy?

Posh: that was Tim

Ginger: ohh

Ginger: Ohh that was Tim

Posh: That was some other guy

(Group laughs)

Ginger: (laughing) who’s Tim?!
(Group laughs)

Posh: his best friend… oh! But that was also awful because he’s gone behind his best
friends back, and been like hey… this is actually a really good thing, there’s so much
going on, these people are awful

(Laughter)

Ginger: Well would that be kind of like… could you say that he is quite moralistic
because he’s like, I don’t want to be with you if you’ve slept with someone else, because
like in thinking about (Posh: yeah) what a good person would do they wouldn’t cheat on
their husband, but then again it’s kind of mean because it’s like, she only did it so save
him… I don’t know where I’d put him because its like…

Posh: I know it’s really… this is so confusing, but like at the same time like wouldn’t he
let her explain herself and then make a decision (group: yeah) like he just made a split
second decision and didn’t give her a chance to say look, I did it to come and find you

Ginger: Yeah

Baby: Yeah, whereas she was the one that was like ok I really need to think about it
because she was like…

Posh: Yeah she went and tried to ask people and stuff…

Group: Yeah

Posh: But does it actually say that she did it? It does, doesn’t it?

Baby: Yeah, after they, they next morning and stuff she does give in

Ginger: It was like she agreed to his conditions or something

Posh: Oh yeah she… yeah… oh… so… oh…. I don’t, look I think she’s bad but at the
same time I don’t think she’s that bad (group: yeah) because she’d do anything just to
save him

Ginger: Exactly and she had like a hard time choosing what to do like by asking the
other people and…

Posh: Yeah I’d find it really hard, like on the moral list, ‘cos Andrew’s down the bottom
because he’s awful because he was just doing it for himself and then… Tim I’d put pretty
bad because he didn’t go after his friend and be like look, you need to talk to her (group
agrees), he just like said nah I’m gonna keep… I’m gonna stick with you Debbie (Ginger:
Yeah) (group mumbles) and he probably touched her butt
(Group laughs)

Ginger: And he didn’t ask the friend like either like oh is it ok if I take Debbie

Posh: Mmm

Ginger: But then again he is taking care of her so I’d put him like not at the bottom

Posh: Like in the middle

(Group mumbles, agrees)

Scary: I reckon I’d probably him higher because like, he’s the more compassionate one
and just like understood, her situation more than…

Baby: I’d put him, yeah, I wouldn’t put him top or anything (Scary: no) but I’d put him
about three or four… I think…

Posh: Who else have we got?

Baby: Well we’ve got the elderly people…

Posh: But they elderly people they were like kind of nothing, like they’re not really low
and they’re not really high like they just didn’t… they didn’t care but… was it like… it’s
none of their business really, for them to go up to them and be like hey, like who was she
to them, like really (group laughs)

Baby: Just a stranger

Posh: Oh yeah, like you’re gonna go up to a stranger and be like look I’ve got a
problem… I just need your help… like that’s kinda…

Baby: My husband’s gonna like... (group mumbles) if I sleep with another guy…

Posh: yeah, like they don’t really care, like if someone came up to you and did that,
you’d be like thanks… alright… enjoy yourself

Baby: Yeah like I’ve got a question… (mumbles, group laughs) Yeah like exactly, so I
think maybe they didn’t

Ginger: But I’d sort of like, I might put them like, well personally, I might like I would
probably put them like four and five (Posh: yeah) and Tim three… and then… yeah… but
I donno like I…
Posh: Yeah I agree, like they should be low because they didn’t, take the time to listen to
her but then again at the same time
Group all talk at once –

Posh: I can’t even remember…

Baby: We need a guy’s opinion because we’re all like ohh what a sleaze, he’s like hitting
on her

Posh: Yeah! I know it’s hard

Baby: Whereas a guy would be like…

Ginger: Yeah she was like upset and he was like doing like a favour for her and like

Posh: I guess, but… and you have to think, like I know you have to think about… you
can’t think about what happened before, but if he liked her before and he hasn’t gone for
her before, and he’s waited for them to break up, then that’s kind of nice (Baby: yeah),
but then like he was mean to his friend, he wasn’t mean to her, he’s being nice to her and
being like look, you know, we’ll be fine…

Ginger: And he was like I’ll take care of you, not like I’ll…

Posh: Oh, I’ll take care of you UNTIL we find a way to get off this Island…

(Pause)

Ginger: Ohhhh

Posh: Ohhh, that’s different

Scary: Was he actually cracking onto her though?

Posh: I donno! Maybe he was being nice

Baby: Maybe we just got that impression

Ginger: Yeahhh, I think he might’ve

Scary: Did he say I’ve always liked you?

Posh: He said I’ve always liked you

Ginger: But did he say that as a friend

Posh: Yeah, I think he might have… I think its like, like it’s really like,
Ginger: Its kind of ambiguous

posh: we’re not gonna have any conclusions

(group laughs)

baby: ok, now that I’ve re-read it...

posh: it kind of doesn’t sound like sus

baby: yeah I’d put him, I’d put him higher then

(posh and scary agree)

posh: It doesn’t sound that sus. So those people, like the old people need to be low
(ginger agrees) Andrew’s obviously lowest, cos that’s just...

scary: yeah I agree

baby: were we agreeing that Debbie is number one then?

(pause)

ginger: maybe Tim is number one because he was like “you know I’ve always liked you
and I’ll take care of you”

baby: and he’s like, he’s kind of put, like...

Ginger: Yeah and Debbie’s slept with the guy like in order to find him…

Posh: She’s not being moral, like she’s put her morals aside and just been like, you know
what… I’ll do ‘ya

(group laughs)

Baby: She’s been like, like I claim that I have no choice but, actually I did

(group laughs)

Posh: yeah probably, she’s probably a skank (group laughs) like a hooker or something

(group laughs, mumbles)

Baby: We’re gonna laugh so hard at this recording
Posh: Well, what’s her occupation? Accountant… (group laughs and mumbles) they had
little offices, maybe she just…

Baby: Yeah its like accountant vs. like Andrew who’s like, the member of the crew,

Posh: Yeah I know

Baby: and I’m just getting this visual of this person

Posh: and like him in his overalls

Baby: Hair pulled back and in like a tight bun and being like all like this and you know
like

Posh: Yeah

Baby: And just being like hey babe what’s up

(Group laughs)

Posh: I’ve got my broom

(Group laughs)

Posh: But like, yeah I dunno like, I think we’ve pretty much organised it but I just don’t
know where Debbie would sit because she gave up her morals but at the same time she’s
doing it for good

Ginger: I would sort of put Debbie higher than Greg I think... just because Greg should
be able to overlook why she did it and not just be so narrow minded and…

Scary: Especially because she did it for him

Ginger: Yeah exactly

Scary: Yeah I’d rate Debbie over Greg I just don’t know about if I’d rate Debbie over
Tim.

Ginger: I think I’d… yeah, I think I’d rate Tim over Debbie

Posh: Yeah so would I

Baby: Yeah, like we’ve got so far we’ve got Tim, as number one, Debbie as number two,
Greg as… (Ginger: three), as three and then the other two that don’t care, OR, now it’s a
toss up between whether Greg should be three OR the or put down to number five,
because he was just like whatever like I hate you now, but the other two were just like
listen it’s none of our business

Ginger: Yeah

Ginger: Yeah, Yeah, they had more reasoning perhaps.

Baby: He didn’t go looking for her

Scary: Yeah he didn’t go looking for her

Posh: I think were all going to have differing opinions

Baby: His option was sleeping with Tim

(Group Laughs)

Posh: So maybe that’s, like he’s using it as an excuse and he doesn’t love her he’s like
thank god I’m outta here! And blaming it on her.

Scary: What are we up to, what do they actually say? George and Ann don’t help with
the advice they don’t want to be part of the decision.

Baby: Its not like they help to build the boat either.

Ginger: Yeah.

Baby: Like her only option was Andrew

Ginger: yeah, like they could have been like we don’t wanna help you and we don’t
wanna influence your decision but we’ll help you build the boat if you decide to go. They
were just like

Scary: Yeah.

Posh: we’re supposed to use like all those words so like..thingo wasn’t…. who was
empathetic …who was this.

Ginger: well the old couple didn’t show much empathy..

Posh: no or compassion or anything...they were just like…you a slut!

Scary: no but Tim showed compassion, empathy and ..

(Group Laughs)
Posh: cause it doesn’t seem like (Group talks) I don’t know if he’s in it for himself though
that’s the only thing.

Scary: Yeah

Posh: like is he doing it…it’s just…it’s not clear , like “I’ve always liked you” but it
doesn’t say like…

Ginger: it should be like loved or liked.

Posh: Yeah, it should be liked as a friend or I’ve always wanted to do you or…

(Group laughs).

Scary: hmm…

Posh: I don’t know…

Baby: yeah I’m still putting Greg way down there.

Posh: Yeah I put Greg low because he just doesn’t give her the time of day.

Baby: Like the old couple didn’t really do anything good but they didn’t do anything bad
either!

Ginger: Yeah they just …

Scary: Nah they were just like meh..

Ginger: And Greg didn’t show like good listening skills.

Scary: mm mm!

Ginger: even like, not even negotiation skills.

Scary: nup.

Ginger: He didn’t really show like empathy

Posh: For someone, like if they were like a couple or whatever

Baby: She shouldn’t have told him!

(Group laughs and talks over each othe)r

Baby: go off like the whole entire night
(More talking over each other)

Posh: But like because…because they’re engaged you kind of see like they would..like do
you know what I mean?
Baby: Yeah.

Posh: they’ve probably been together for like a while, unless they’re like Katy Perry and
Russell Brand, like they’ve obviously been together a while but like so you kind of expect
that he would be like “oh okay well you know we will talk about it” and stuff. Like you’re
in a shipwreck! It’s not like you know, it’s not just a Saturday night this is serious.

Ginger: yeah and she did it only to save him and so they could be together. He doesn’t
really seem to appreciate it. Yeah he’s like whatever.

Posh: alright so Greg is definitely pretty low.

Scary: the thing I don’t like about the old couple is that fact that they say we have to
focus on our own survival.

Baby, Posh, Ginger: yeah!

Scary: if they didn’t say that I would rate them higher.

(Everyone agrees)

Scary: But I dunno. But then again…

Ginger: Cause they were selfish.

Scary: but then again it isn’t a decision they can make for her.

Baby: Yeah but are they both the same its not one says something the one says
something, so it’d be like were just putting them together.

(Mumbling, and agreement.)

Baby: We’d probably like…I dunno I’d probably put um the guy up at like say Greg was
down the bottom, then I’d probably put the husband guy like the retired bank manager as
third and then the teacher fourth because we think she should show more compassion
shouldn’t she.

Scary: yeah, being a retired teacher.

Posh: Oh so you can’t put them together? Are they separate? Oh no there are six people!
Scary: Yeah.

Posh: Ohhhh! Oh that’s hard! Cause you don’t know who says what.

Baby: Yeah they say it together. So I was just…

Posh: oh that’s a good idea to put their occupations. Yeah cause you’d expect her to be…

Baby: yeah their occupations are there for a reason.

Ginger: what did Greg do and Tim do?

Posh: they were stockbrokers, I don’t even know what that is… like how bad’s that.

Ginger: its just like Wall street stuff. Yeah it’s like banks and banking.

Posh: ohhhh!

Baby: Charlie sheen in wall street…that’s all I’m thinking of!

(Group laughs).

Posh: oh okay so they’re all about money and stuff so they’re not like…

Ginger: But you can’t like necessarily say that…

(Group mumbles and agrees).

Ginger: Cause it doesn’t say any personal traits like that they’re selfish or…

Group: mmm

Baby: I just think with the teacher one…

Posh: do you know what I don’t understand like why wouldn’t Greg just be like oh okay
we will talk about this when were safe like were on a deserted island right now I’m not
going to run away, and he stormed off!

(Group Laughs and agrees. Everyone talks amongst themselves and nothing is clear).

Posh: Like you’re on an island with your to-be-wife and some guy that’s hitting on her or
maybe hitting on her and now you’ve buggered off like they’re not going to save you now
like you’re pretty much screwed now Greg… you stupid guy. Like it doesn’t make sense
like he’s obviously dumb …as shit. So… I wouldn’t put him yeah I dunno.

(Group agrees).
Posh: Like I like that list, and the fact that, but I still don’t know about Tim! It’s so like
…that’s probably why it’s there its to like make us talk about it cause no one knows what
to say about Tim.

Ginger: But I think that Tim…

Baby: I think he’s still high…

Ginger: Yeah like he hasn’t really done anything wrong.

Baby: Like compared to the others.

Ginger: Like if were saying it as he likes her has a friend then he’s just taking care of her
until they get off the island then he’s not like well let’s run away together.

Posh: mm Let’s just for the sake of this say that he’s a nice person.

Ginger: Yeah and he sort of hasn’t done anything wrong, like Debbie was trying to find
Greg but she did do something wrong but like she questioned it …

Scary: yeah she compromised her morals.

(Group Agrees).

Scary: because she did agonize over it and the fact that she cast those aside. But then
again is that selfless? ...To do that?

Baby: well not really cause the thing she was chasing was the thing she was in love with.
So technically she wasn’t doing it out of selflessness. It wasn’t like she was like okay
Greg is like hanging by a thread and Andrew is willing to kill Greg like or something like
okay I’ve gotta sleep with Andrew to save like Greg’s life. It’s more like I’ve gotta sleep
with Andrew so I can find Greg.

Posh: But couldn’t she maybe have gone about it another way like why didn’t she get the
couple to help her build the boat.

Ginger: Or she should have…

(Group Talking at the same time).

Posh: Like they could have gone on the boat with her like do you know what I mean?

Baby: yeah.

Posh: like there were other ways of going about it like she didn’t have to..
Ginger: she could have like negotiated with what…what his name?

Posh: Andrew.

Ginger: like a little more like she should have gone back to him and been like okay well I
won’t sleep with you but I’ll help you

Posh: I’ll give you a kiss.

Group Laughs.

Posh: Ill show you my boob.

Group Laughs.

Baby: Good option!

Group Laughs.

Posh: even like no I’m not going to help you but we need to get off this island so we need
the boat anyway.

Group agrees and talks amongst each other.

Baby: she should have even like gotten some bark or something. If you were really
desperate like to be like…like if it was me, if it my husband was like no where to be seen
and the only way I could get to them was like building a boat and in order to have it built
I had to sleep with someone I would possibly try and do every alternative.

Scary: Yeah.

Baby: I would look around the island for different modes of transport and ways of
building a boat.

Posh: yeah cause she…like why didn’t she think of that and be like well Greg’s not going
to be very happy when I tell him you know, I’ve just done someone else. It’s kind of you
know…

Baby: and the story like the way its described its kind of like shes like oh and shes not
sure what to do and then she just gives up.

Posh: she’s confused.

Baby: she’s confused and then after a long debate you know.
Posh: she’s distraught and then she’s confused, she doesn’t have much going for her!
Baby: yeah she’s pretty distraught you have to put that in there.

Ginger: but then again I guess she does show honesty by telling him like she could have,
even though I don’t know who might say it is the best thing to do would be just to not tell
him she does show her honesty in telling him.

Posh: yeah.

Ginger: oh I don’t know.

Posh: But like she didn’t even know if Greg was on that island. Like there were sharks
and stuff in the water and she’s like oh there’s an island over there maybe he’s on there,
I’ll go sleep with someone. Like it kind of … like she didn’t do it like that but you know
what I mean, like there were other options and she just went straight for that, so it’s kind
of like.

Scary: yeah.

Posh: oh it’s so tricky!

Baby: I think what we’ve got is that um …

Scary and Posh: yeah, put her high.

Group talks.

Baby: So we’ve got Tim, Debbie and then the teach..no! then the husband,

Scary: what was his name?

Baby and Posh: George.

Baby: and then the teacher.

Posh: Ann.

Baby: and then we’ve got Greg.

Scary: Greg.

Scary and Baby: then Andrew.

Posh: Does everyone get the same one? ‘Cause it’d be interesting to see like what people
write.
Group agrees.

Baby: that’d be really funny like if its …

Posh: opposite!

Baby: this is what our case study was…

Posh: yeah like I agree with you when you say like oh we need a guy like who said we
need a guy yeah cause were all going to say Debbie’s fine and justified.

Baby: Naturally we’re all girls and we read into it way like too much.

Ginger: yeah!

Baby: when we hear this we will be like why did we even analyse that! It’s got nothing to
do with the case study! Yet were like oh my God she said this he did that!

Group laughs.

Posh: we’re backtracking their relationship they were obviously together for years! Like
I just don’t understand why they were in different boats like its kind of like he got in a
boat with his best friend before he got in a boat with his fiancé. Like I think it’s kind of
weird that he did that. Like I know that we weren’t there and we didn’t see it happen but
like you’d assume that if you were in a like crisis you’d be where is the love of my life and
you’d go and stand with them you wouldn’t go and stand with your bestie. Like do you
know what I mean like it’s … unless you didn’t have a love of your life at that point. But
um ..

Baby and Ginger: Yeah.

Ginger: Yeah I’d put him low still, that’s another reason he’s low.

Posh: but then maybe she was avoiding him because she wanted to touch Andrew’s bum.

Group Laughs.

Scary: maybe she already was.

Group laughs.

Posh: maybe! Maybe she was having a secret relationship that we didn’t know about!

Group laughs.

Baby: she was like oh he’s hot!
Posh: and shes like pretending like oh I don’t know what to do…hello Andrew…alright I
reckon that’s good!

Group agrees: Yeah.

Scary: cool, is there anything else on the task we had to do?

Posh: nup, that was it. Include the group rankings as part of your assignment.

Scary: lovely!

Baby: 20 minutes is up!

Scary: so is everyone all alright, all good with the order “Tim, Debbie, George, Ann,
Greg, Andrew.”

Group Agrees.

Ginger: yep.

Scary: Lovely!

Posh: we’ll need to get your email as well!

Baby: oh yeah.
                                   Task Two Scenario:


                                         The Flood:
Your group all teach at local schools and also share a house on the river floods in a
country town. It has been raining solidly for several days but the meteorically experts
have been saying there is no immediate danger. However a flash flood has occurred
without warning and your house is directly in its path. There has just been an
announcement on TV from the state emergency services that all houses along the river
floods should be evacuated in the next 15 minutes. Many houses higher up have been
totally washed away. You have already individually packed up some personal things
which you have been able to easily find and now there is only enough room in your car to
save four of the following items from your house before you have to leave. You only have
on large four wheel drive vehicle to all escape in. Your task is to decide as a group on the
four items that will be taken with you and in what order they will be searched for and
packed in case you have less time than anticipated. Items can’t be separated into smaller
components and must be chosen as lot.
    1. A box containing the group’s entire collection of CDs and DVDs, some of which
        are irreplaceable.
    2. The group’s collection of 10 photo albums.
    3. the groups pet cat and her five newborn kittens
    4. A box containing everyone’s official documents including birth certificate and
        passports and university transcripts.
    5. the only printed copy of a book manuscript one of you has nearly finished writing
    6. A selection of files off your computer that will first need to be downloaded onto a
        memory stick.
    7. A box of money that is hidden under the floorboards which contains five thousand
        dollars and which is jointly owned by all of you.
    8. A small fragile antique lamp that was left to you by one of your grandmothers.
    9. An autographed guitar which belonged to a famous rock musician before he died
        who was a friend of the father of one of the group.
    10. The ashes of the grandfather of one of you to be scattered at a funeral to take
        place later in the week.
    11. the groups pet dog which they took in as a stray ten months ago
                                  Task Two Decision:

Task:
        Decide as a group on the four items that will be taken with you and in what order
        they will be searched for and packed in case you have less time than anticipated.
        Items can’t be separated into smaller components and must be chosen as lot.



                               Rank                 Item
                                1               Cat & Kittens
                                2                   Dog
                                3                Documents
                                4               Photo Albums
                                   Task Two Transcript:

Posh: alright do you want me to read it?

Baby: you did last time.


Posh: Oh its long again! Oh there’s a table alright. The flood: your group all teach at
local schools and also share a house on the river floods in a country town. It has been
raining solidly for several days but the meteorology experts have been saying there is no
immediate danger. However a flash flood has occurred without warning and your house
is directly in its path. There has just been an announcement on TV from the state
emergency services that all houses along the river floods should be evacuated in the next
15 minutes. Many houses higher up have been totally washed away. You have already
individually packed up some personal things which you have been able to easily find and
now there is only enough room in your car to save four of the following items from your
house before you have to leave. You only have on large four wheel drive vehicle to all
escape in. Your task is to decide as a group on the four items that will be taken with you
and in what order they will be searched for and packed in case you have less time than
anticipated. Items can’t be separated into smaller components and must be chosen as lot.
One: a box containing the group’s entire collection of CDs and DVDs, some of which are
irreplaceable. Two: the group’s collection of 10 photo albums. Three: the groups pet cat
and her five newborn kittens. As if you would leave them behind! (Group laughs)Four: a
box containing everyone’s official documents including birth certificate and passports
and university transcripts. Five: the only printed copy of a book manuscript one of you
has nearly finished writing. Six: A selection of files off your computer that will first need
to be downloaded onto a memory stick. Seven: A box of money that is hidden under the
floorboards which contains five thousand dollars and which is jointly owned by all of
you. Eight: A small fragile antique lamp that was left to you by one of yourgrandmothers.
Who cares? (Group laugh).Nine: an autographed guitar which belonged to a famous
rock musician before he died who was a friend of the father of one of the grou .(Baby:
Oh my god! Laughs). Ten: the ashes of the grandfather of one of you to be scattered at a
funeral to take place later in the week. Eleven: the groups pet dog which they took in as a
stray ten months ago.

Sporty: far out!

Baby: okay the dog goes before the cat!

Group laughs.

Posh: yeah the dog goes before the cat!

Ginger: but the cat has kittens!

Baby: yeah the cat has kittens.
Posh: well she can take care of them!

Group laughs: no!!

Scary: but the cat has nine lives though.

Group laughs.

Scary: plus another five so that’s like forty five!

Group laughs.

Baby: I know this sounds horrible but I personally think that the animals would be able
to look after themselves.

Posh: yeah.

Ginger: but the kittens!

Baby: yeah like it would be hard but…how many items are we allowed to pick?

Group: four!

Baby: oh my god that’s like the worst.

Scary: and the order.

Ginger: I think the personal documents should come first because you need, like you
need your birth certificate and you need like you just need that more than anything.

Sporty: well, yeah.

Posh: but like you can get them reprinted like I got my birth certificate reprinted.

Ginger: can you? But like even if you don’t have any other form of ID?

Sporty: that the thing like you need it. Just from bush fire area they say have your
official documents, take them first because in order to get a lot of the things that you need
for help and not having any form of identification as you said it’s hard. But that’s just
when you’ve got lives at stake I suppose.

Posh: Maybe we should cross out the ones we don’t care about.

Sporty: that’s a good idea!
Baby: yeah.

Posh: we have to hand this sheet in though .

Sporty and Scary: alright lets write them down.

Posh: so CDs and Dvds, who cares like theyre irreplaceable but who cares.

Scary: yeah I agree I don’t think we should.

Posh: download them guys come on. So DVDs are nothing, the groups collection of 10
photo albums, that’s hard.

Ginger: that’s a

Scary: that’s a maybe.

Ginger: yeah.

Scary: that’d be a maybe.

Posh: so what do we all live together is that what this is about…okay um the cat and the
five kittens.

Ginger: oh the babies.

Group giggles.

Posh: Ginger can’t decide what she wants to do!

Group laughs.

Ginger: I really wanna take them but I know.

Posh: a box containing everyone’s official documents.

Baby: yep that’s a definite, will be in there. unfortunately.

Posh: the manuscript.

Sporty: ahhh…

Posh: the only document of it.

Sporty: umm…
Posh: hang on! The only printed copy of a book…

Baby: a manuscript.

Posh: wouldn’t that mean you’d have a copy on the computer or something?

Baby: yeah.

Scary: but don’t we have to …

Posh: oh wait…

Group mumbles and laughs about not being able to separate objects.

Posh: select files from your computers needing to be downloaded onto a memory stick.

Ginger: what were the files sorry? Are they important or just general?

Scary: select.

Posh: ummm general files.

Sporty: what was that sorry?

Posh: files from the computer. But its not very specific so…

Ginger: and also if it says they have to be downloaded first that means it would take up
more time therefore you might not be able to pack the other ones in time.

Baby: yeah I wouldn’t, I don’t think I would be putting that in there.

Sporty: so we’ll cross it?

Group agrees.

Posh: umm box of money, five thousand dollars.

Ginger: mm like its important but like there are other things that like you can earn that
money again.

Scary: maybe.

Sporty: maybe?

Scary: Maybe.
Posh: ummm an antique lamp from your grandmother.

Scary: I’m going to say no on that one.

Group laughs.

Posh: as if they’d care.

Sporty: I agree.

Posh: sorry nanna.

Group laughs.

Posh: oh! Um an autographed guitar which belonged to a famous rock musician who
before he died had been a friend of the father of one of the group.

Scary: mmm

Group mumbles.

Posh: I don’t care!

Scary: yeah neither on that one.

Ginger: like I can see how it’s sentimental but…

Scary: yeah. its just sort of like.

Sporty: and the father I’m sure would prefer you’re safe.

Posh: we’re pretty much crossing out every single one.

Group laughs.

Posh: okay the ashes of the grandfather of one you which were being minded before the
ash scattering ceremony to be held later in the week.
Scary: I’m going to say a definite maybe on that one.

Group agrees.

Ginger: cause like they could understand like if it’s a flood and you can’t take the ashes
but I think we should try and get it in there if we can.

Group agrees.
Sporty: so yeah.

Scary: so what’s more important like a live animal or a dead…

Group: person.

Group laughs.

Posh: Like that’s what I’m worried about maybe …

Sporty: yeah.

Posh: like that’s the tricky thing. Okay. Um and the pet dog. That you took in as a stray
ten months ago.

Ginger: if it was a stray then does that mean that it already has survival techniques
maybe.

Sporty: that’s a good point.

Posh: you just want the kittens so bad! Laughs.

Group laughs.

Posh: you’re like oh the dog’s fine guys lets take the cat!

Baby: yeah but Ginger has a point like the dog was a stray it would have, like dog’s
anyway would have certain survival….

Ginger: yeah not like brand new…

Scary: cause cats don’t like water.

Ginger: like their eyes wouldn’t even be open!

Group laughs

Baby: like theres cases of dogs where they’ve come out of like…

Ginger: yeah!

Baby: like the dog floating out to sea in japan.

Ginger: ohh ughh.
Baby: and it was just like hey!


Posh: alright so what have we got left?

Sporty: all right so the maybes are: ten photo albums um yep, the cat and the five kittens,
the only manuscript left of that book that was written was that almost finished or
something?

Posh, Baby, Ginger: yeah.

Sporty: ummm the five thousand dollars, and the ashes of the grandfather who’s being
minded.

Ginger: I say well personally I would get rid of the five thousand dollars but I don’t
know if that’s …

Sporty: and pet dog.

Scary: Yeah …

Posh: But you might need the money.

Scary: Yeah

Sporty: It depends on the situations

Posh: yeah do you know what I mean

Ginger: Yeah it would help to like rebuild the house and stuff

Baby: I’d get rid of the dog then

Sporty: get rid of the dog?

Posh: yeah I reckon get rid of the dog

Baby: like I love dogs but like

Posh: so do I but

Sporty: It’ll be right!


Posh: that dogs dead to us alright.
Group Laughs.

Posh: you’re making us get rid of it ! Laughing

Ginger: I know but its still sad!

Sporty: Umm the photo albums, what are we thinking?

Baby: I think they’re definitely there. I mean I know that sounds like awful but I’d
definitely try and see if we can include it but I wouldn’t put it in front of um.

Scary: I’d take the dog over um the photos.

Posh: yeah so would I

Group: yeah.

Ginger: In theory I think oh photo albums should go before the dog but in real life I
would definitely take the dog.

Group: yeah exactly.

Baby: that’s what I’m saying. You just see it and say “10 photo albums all those
memories” but when it comes to the crunch you’ve got like this dog in one hand and
these photo albums and you’re like oh I’m taking the dog! Laughs. How would you feel
taking these albums and the dogs just like …

Sporty: and you always have the memories in your head I suppose but…

Ginger: yeah.

Sporty: so we’re crossing the dog? We’ve only ticked one! We’ve got, basically we have
to cancel one between the cat and the five kittens, the manuscript, the five thousand
dollars, and the ashes. Cause the rest we’ve got we can take three of them.

Baby: I thought we could take four.

Group: yeah we can. Mumbling.

Sporty: we’ve already got the official documents.

Scary: so I would take the hmm … I’d leave the manuscript.

Ginger: yeah.

Sporty: yeah leave it behind.
Posh: you could rewrite it.

Group laughs.

Sporty: you could rewrite it! Laughs.

Scary: Just think about all these new experiences you’d be able to write about who cares
about the old one!

Ginger: yeah.

Scary: you’ve like survived a dangerous situation.

Ginger: yeah. And if they’ve like been reading over it and editing it and stuff it’d
probably like they;d have a pretty good memory of it and be able to write it again.

Sporty: all right so we’re left with, and we’ve just got to order them, the cat and five
kittens, the official documents, the five thousand dollars and the ashes. How does that
sound?

Posh: I would take the dog over the money.

Sporty: I would personally but I suppose it depends on your economic situation as well.
Five thousand dollars is a lot to some people. But it is a life.

Posh: I guess it is a stray dog like you’ve gotta think like …

Ginger: yeah and…

Posh: and you’ve only had it ten months, like do you know what I mean.

Group Laughs.

Sporty: yeah like you haven’t grown an attachment.

Posh: yeah it’d be right.

Ginger: yeah, I think the dog will be okay.

Posh: but we kind of seem like meanies being like yeah we want the money over the dog.

Ginger: yeah I know!

Scary: yeah but um oh I’ve forgotten what I was going to say yeah but wouldn’t you have
formed an attachment within those ten months though? Like it would be like more like
survival smart because it has been a stray but I think it depends on just how attached we
are to it.

Posh: why don’t you just like throw the ashes? Like as you go? Like into the water? And
keep something else.

Group Laughs.

Sporty: that’s not a bad idea!

Posh: they throw ashes into water anyway who cares if its flooding.

Sporty: I’m just curious as to the size of these objects if we can only fit four in a four
wheeled drive.

Posh: yeah! Laughs.

Baby: I think…so are we all in agreement of the official documents being number one
then?

Posh and Ginger: yeah.

Posh: oh we have to fill this thing in.

Sporty: ah cool.

Sporty: so official documents at number one?

Baby, Ginger and Posh: yep!

Scary: I don’t know.

Posh: no?

Scary: no I don’t know whether you take that over like your cat and your dog.

Baby: we don’t have the dog.

Scary: oh we don’t have the dog?

Sporty: we don’t have the dog the dog’s gone.

Scary: hmm

Sporty: sorry.
Posh: do you want the dog?

Scary: maybe.

Baby: we’ve only the got the cats.

Posh: how many people would take the dog over the money?

Ginger: in real life I wouldn’t, but thinking about it like this I would take the money over
the dog because you can like be more rational and be like well the dog will survive blah
blah blah but in that situation I would definitely take the dog.

Sporty: yeah it depends.

Baby: yeah it depends.

Posh: well then why don’t you go with what you would do.

Baby: well you would take your dog! (to ginger)

Ginger: oh no way!

Baby and Sporty: yeah!

Baby: yeah I wouldn’t, like if I had a dog I wouldn’t leave it.

Sporty: oh I couldn’t leave the dog.

Baby: I couldn’t leave my own teddy bear let alone
Sporty: yeah laughs

Group laughs and talks over one another.

Posh: so lets take the dog.

Sporty: I like it.

Baby: okay so lets take the money out. The money, like five thousand dollars it’s not like
it’s a million dollars, its only five thousand.

Ginger: and that’s also like split between five so it’d be a thousand dollars each. It’s not
a huge huge amount.

Scary: yeah.

Sporty: no it’s just ordering them
Posh: yeah its just a grand each! You can’t make a house with five thousand dollars. Like
do you know what I mean?

Sporty: yeah you’re right!

Posh: all your money would be in your bank account anyway.

Sporty: and I know this sounds really bad and presumptuous probably but with big
disasters like this you can get grants you can get help from the government. You can.

Baby: yeah.

Ginger: yeah.

Posh: yeah.

Baby: all right so we’ve put the dog back in there.

Posh: yeah I agree with you (to scary) that the official documents shouldn’t be first on
the list.
Sporty: yeah?

Posh: I think the live things should be first.

Sporty: yep.

Posh: then the official documents and then… what’s left? Oh the …

Group: ashes.

Posh: I don’t reckon the ashes! I know it sounds awful!

Ginger: yeah I would take the photo albums over the ashes! Because people are going to
understand.

Baby: yeah I would take the photo albums.

Ginger: and then you have the actual memories with the grandpa not just the ashes that
are going to get discarded anyway.

Baby: yeah.

Sporty: Like I suppose theyre…

Posh: yeah they’re just getting chucked out anyway!
Sporty: are we doing this for us though or for others? Or are we thinking about other
groups because I know different religious groups and other people put great emphasis on
death rituals.

Posh: I think were just doing it for us.

Baby: yeah us.

Posh: its like personal, like what you feel cause were supposed to be doing like
negotiation and stuff that’s what were doing.

Scary: is it all of our photo albums or just one of our photo albums? ‘

Posh: all.

Baby: It’s ten photo albums.

Scary: well that’s probably a bit fairer to everybody else as well.

Sporty: yeah true.

Ginger: and the other family members too. Is that what you mean? Like the other family
members would still have them too like its just not for us …

Scary: yeah that’s true but um

Posh: don’t you mean its only one of our grandpas?

Scary: yeah

Ginger: oh okay.

Scary: so there’s the other four doesn’t really…

Ginger: yeah.

Baby: discard the ashes then first.

Posh: Just chuck them.

Sporty: well theyre kind of being buried.

Posh: theyre getting afloat.

Baby: just have like a five minute ceremony or something be like …
Group laughs.

Sporty: lets do it should we…

Baby: yeah so we’ve taken that out,

Ginger: so we have

Sporty: sorry granddad.

Baby: we had four and now its like nup.

Sporty: so is there anything else? So you’d definitely take the photo albums over the
manuscript and ah ..

Group: yep, yeah etc.

Baby: so we’ve got the cats, the dog, the photo albums and the official documents.

Posh: yeah so what order.

Sporty: live things first did we say?

Posh: I reckon the cat with the kittens.

Baby and Ginger: yeah same.

Posh: then dog.

Scary: yep.

Posh: then official documents then photo albums.

Ginger: in a way though I’d kind of put the well in real life I wouldn’t but okay so it
doesn’t matter who cares.

Group laughs.

Scary: no what were you going to say?

Ginger: well nah I was just going to say thinking about it now I would sort of be inclined
to put the documents second the dog third because the dog well as we said before could
probably survive, but I know in real life I wouldn’t do that so there’s probably no point in
that.
Baby: see I know it sounds terrible but I’d grab the official documents first then the dog
cause I know I’d be taking them all anyway so

Ginger: yeah.

Baby: I just make sure I’d have the official documents first

Ginger: yeah.

Baby: and I know it sounds terrible but you can always like replace the pet, even though
like…

Posh: it’d be a different personality … yeah put the official documents second I reckon.

Sporty: second?

Posh: yeah.

Sporty: more so practicality-wise.

Scary: practicality wise yeah.

Sporty: you’ll know where they are, I don’t know.

Baby: it’s better than carrying around a dog or like five kittens and a cat trying to fine
the official documents.

Group laughs.

Posh: but like youre not going to be running out to the car then running back in like do
you know what I mean you’re going to be grabbing them all at one time.

Ginger: yeah!

Posh: you’d just chuck it all in a box...well not the dog and the cats in a box but you
know what I mean and like you’ll be able to…yeah.

Sporty: if we were in like a prone area we’d have a box of official documents ready to
go. I would. We do.

Group: yep.

Sporty: but…you should.

Posh: well they were saying we were prepared for it, it said something about being
prepared.
Sporty: yeah so yeah I suppose you’d just …

Baby: you’ve got the official documents as your number one. back up.

Sporty: back up?

Baby: I am so confused. Stop writing it in there cause! Laughs.

Sporty: all right I’ll stop! I wont cross it just in case.

Ginger: all right so what do we want first, the cats or the official documents?

Scary: I’d always take the live things. Just personally but…

Ginger: I think I’d take the kittens just cause the kittens aren’t going to be able to survive
and probably could find a way somehow getting documents…

Scary: and I’m assuming there’s going to be provisions for that as well because a lot of
people wouldn’t have their documents with them just …

Sporty: yeah.

Scary: so that’s just if there’s going to be ways that you can replace those quite easily
even if you are…well not easily but more easily than it would be in a normal situation.

Posh: so are you happy to have the dog the cats, the documents and the photo albums.
That’s fine?

Scary: yep yep I mean that’s a good, that’s a good …

Posh: so now we’re just working out the order. Is that what we’re doing?

Scary: yep.

Posh: all right, so you reckon the pets first?

Scary: yeah I reckon pets first. And yeah I reckon you’re right with the cats, because
they’re like the young ones.

Baby: yeah cause kittens are babies.

Posh: yeah okay so cats and kittens first.

Scary: and then I reckon the dog.
Group: mhmm

Posh: yeah I reckon the dog too. Like..

Sporty: yep.

Baby: and then the official documents and then the photo albums.

Ginger: cool.

Sporty: that’s good.

Posh: you can tell there’s only girls in this group

Baby: yep.

Posh: the guy’s would just be like ohh I don’t care!

Sporty: who cares about photos!

Posh: DVDs and CDs please!

Sporty: and the guitar and football!

Group Laughs.

Sporty: ummm do I make it official and write it in?

Group: yep.

Sporty: we’re all happy?

Posh: yep.

Sporty: all right come on! I should not be doing this! Cat and five… yeah, pet dog,
official documents, and photo albums. All happy?

Group: mhmm.

Posh and ginger: yep.

Scary and Baby: I’m happy.

Ginger: sounds good.

Sporty: all right so what else have we got to do?
Posh: just sign it.

Ginger: I just realised I didn’t tick my name off on the roll.

Posh: yeah neither did I!

Baby, Sporty and Scary: its alright she’s got your test!

Sporty: this is all so official.

Group laughs.

Posh: the other one we didn’t have to sign.

Ginger: yeah I was just about to say!

Scary: okay! Cool.

				
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