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ERIC Number: ED290033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Practicing Teamwork.
Persons, Edgar
At the University of Minnesota, a course entitled "Extension Methods for Ag Production in Developing Countries" has integrated "team" into the instructional plan. Graduate/upper division domestic and foreign students from across departments in the College of Agriculture and from throughout the university enroll. Students apply to be a member of a team, each of which is assigned to one of six developing countries. A Chief of Party is selected to represent the team. Evaluation of the work of the team is done on the basis of the team's total response to the assignment. The team is responsible and thus as a team receives praise or criticism for its effort. General observations are that few of the students know much about team membership, but difficulties disappear as the term progresses. Chiefs are more discriminating in evaluating the effort of individual team members as the term progresses. Dependence on each other seems to spur greater effort than when students work only for themselves. Before adapting the team approach, these criteria should be met: students are at a maturity level where they are capable of self-direction and team effort, assignments should be numerous enough to allow for the team to work out its best method of functioning, and evaluation and grading must recognize individual effort while retaining emphasis on team productivity and product quality. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Las Vegas, NV, December 6-10, 1987).