ERIC Number: ED200270
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Developing Teamwork in the Community College: The Basics.
Thompson, Carolyn; And Others
This learning module examines the teamwork skills required for productive committee work. After introductory material identifying key concepts and learning objectives, the module discusses teamwork development and the stages in the development of and the characteristics of a mature team. The module then discusses the importance of team leadership and size, and suggests seven other factors related to team membership and function to be considered in forming effective teams. Next, possible impediments to the effective utilization of team resources are identified, followed by a discussion of team decision-making. After the elements of a good team decision are recognized, an example is provided of the trade-offs between two decision-making criteria: "quality," i.e., coming to a decision that best solves the problem, and "commitment," i.e., coming to a decision that members will carry out. The module then discusses three means of decision-making: self-authorization and majority and minority decision-making. The subsequent section considers the nature and importance of group consensus. The final section provides suggestions and exercises to help the readers in applying the principles of teamwork and decision-making to their everyday meetings, and in evaluating their effectiveness. In addition to pre- and post-tests, the module provides reinforcement exercises throughout. (JP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Part of the Media Systems Corporation "Creative Teaching Series."