A team is a small group of people with
complementary skills who are committed
to a common purpose, performance goals,
and approach for which they hold themselves
Although student teams may not satisfy all the requirements of the
definition, the degree to which they do often determines their effectiveness.
“Students do not come to school with all the social skills
they need to collaborate effectively with others. Therefore, teachers
need to teach the appropriate communication, leadership, trust,
decision making, and conflict management skills to students and
provide the motivation to use these skills in order for groups to
function effectively.”2 Faculty
must take responsibility to help students develop their skills to
participate on and lead teams.
One element of helping students develop the ability to learn
and work in teams is monitoring their progress on team activities,
exercises, or assignments and furnishing suitable feedback to
them on their progress. To support faculty members who may be
new to using students teams, this document addresses the following
Addressing these questions is intended to help faculty members improve
their ability to use student teams in their classes.
Algert, N.E., The Center for Change and Conflict Resolution.
Bryan TX: (979)775-5335 or email@example.com.
References for Further Information
- 1. Katzenbach, J.R., and Smith, D.K. (1992) Wisdom of Teams,
Harvard Business School Press.
- Johnson, D.W., Johnson, R.T., and Holubec, E.J. (1966) Circles
of Learning: Cooperation in the Classroom, rev. ed., Edina,
MN: Interaction Book Co., 1986.
- Workplace Basics: The Skills Employers Want, American
Society for Training and Development and U.S. Dept. of Labor,
Employment and Training Administration, 1988.
- Algert, N.E., and Watson, K. (2002). An Introduction to
Conflict Management for Individuals and Groups. The Center
for Change and Conflict Resolution. Bryan, TX.
- Communications: Process and Leadership, Cooperative
Extension Service, Iowa State University. Available form World
Wide Web: <http://socserver.soc.iastate.edu/Extension/Docs/Soc2.pdf>.
- Ruiz, D.M. (1997) The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide
to Personal Freedom, San Rafael, CA: Amber-Allen Pub.
- Senge, P.M., Kleiner, A., Roberts, C., Ross, R., and Smith,
B. (1994) The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools
for Building a Learning Organization, New York: Doubleday/Currency.
- TTI DISC Behavior Profile. Contact Dr. Nancy Algert (phone:
979-775-5335 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
for information about obtaining the assessment. Texas A&M
University’s College of Engineering uses the DISC Behavior
Profile Assessment with all of their Engineering 111/112 students
for teaming activities (contact Dr. Terry Kohutek, email@example.com,
for additional information on using the assessment).
- Kline, N. (1999). Time to think: Listening to ignite the
human mind. London: Ward Lock.
- Algert, N.E., and Watson, K. (2002). Basic Mediation Training.
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