Cooperate with Others Performance Continuum

Performance Level 5

How adults at Level 5 Cooperate With Others:
  • Interact with others in ways that are friendly, courteous, and tactful and that demonstrate respect for others' ideas, opinions and contributions.
  • Seek input from others in order to understand their actions and reactions.
  • Offer clear input on own interests and attitudes so others can understand one's actions and reactions.
  • Try to adjust one's actions to take into account the needs of others and/or the task to be accomplished.

Level 5 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies

Adults performing at Level 5 can:
  • Demonstrate understanding of complex components of cooperation necessary to complete a task, such as balancing the participation of all group members; interdependence (balancing individual motivations of self and others with common goals for cooperating, and relying on others to achieve group goals); synthesis of multiple opinions; mediation of conflict in order to facilitate group consensus; and applying prior experience with cooperative work to the current task.
  • Seek input from others in order to understand their actions and reactions by use of strategies such as asking for, attending to and consistently summarizing and confirming information, analyses, evaluations and suggestions of others; interpreting/integrating the opinions of others; asking others to express their feelings and showing an accurate understanding of those feelings; and releasing tension through humor or other positive means.
  • Offer input using a wide range of strategies such as appropriately initiating and terminating interactions; giving information, analyses, evaluations and suggestions; self-disclosing feelings and potentially unpopular opinions; respectfully praising or confronting group members as appropriate, moderating opinions or politely refusing to do so as appropriate, and admitting shortcomings and accepting constructive criticism as appropriate, in order to contribute to consensus.
  • Identify the goal for cooperating, play agreed-upon role in cooperative effort, monitor one's own speech, behaviors and positions, predict and understand the likely responses of others, and adjust speech/ behaviors/positions as necessary to assist the group in evaluating, prioritizing and taking cooperative actions.

Show Fluency, Independence, and Ability to Perform in a Range of Settings

Adults performing at Level 5 can Cooperate With Others, with comfort, ease, patience, flexibility and no hesitation, independently initiating and facilitating cooperative efforts, to accomplish a range of complex tasks in comfortable and familiar as well as some unfamiliar settings.

Level 5 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 5 can Cooperate with Others to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Explore issues and come to agreement regarding placement of a child in a bilingual education program.
  • Use information from current event editorials and the standard format for test items to create a "mock GED exam".

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