ERIC Number: ED381816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-22
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Teaching through Teams in Communication Courses: Letting Structuration Happen.
An approach to teaching particularly well-suited to communication courses seeks to involve students in the learning process more directly by incorporating team teaching in communication courses--not by professors but by students. Groups of students in each class form into teams with the purpose of setting goals and planning projects for furthering their own education. Contrary to initial appearances, such an approach does not let instructors off the hook--such courses may require more preparation than would a typical, day-to-day lecture course. Instructors must still structure the educational experience, selecting texts, material to be covered, and activities students may perform. The challenge for instructors is to allow student interaction to build on and supplement the initial structure set up by the instructor. M. S. Poole, D. R. Seibold, and R. D. McPhee's (1985) application of structuration theory points to the essential element of communicative action in group learning. Such group interaction allows the formation of a social reality, which in a teaching-through-teams course would allow more internalization of the subjects discussed, taught and experienced in student teams. If it is understood that people co-construct reality, it follows that students should have opportunities to help create social reality enacted by their educational process. Study of group structuration suggests that group interactions generate three key structural properties: group communication patterns, group decision rules, and power structures. (Contains 20 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Structuration Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (80th, New Orleans, LA, November 19-22, 1994).