ERIC Number: ED299872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
The Student Team Project: A Long-Term Cooperative Strategy in Graduate Environmental Studies.
Sherman, Lawrence W.; Woy-Hazleton, Sandra
A year-long, cooperatively structured, student team strategy is described that is being used as a major component in an interdisciplinary Master of Environmental Science degree program. The general philosophy of the degree program and the rationale for including the Student Team Project (STP) are described. The most basic goal of the program is the teaching, learning, and direct application of an algorithm for environmental problem-solving. The STP is a direct experiential application of this 10-step cyclic algorithm. The other project goals are: acquiring good team skills and gaining an understanding of the importance of such skills in successful cooperative group research, and developing good research skills and professionalism in oral and written presentations. The similarity between the STP technique and other small group techniques is discussed. Evidence for the positive impact of the STP experience is presented, along with examples of the projects that the teams have produced. Specific problems associated with the STP technique and potential solutions are also presented. The following are appended: figures showing the Master of Environmental Science curriculum and the problem-solving process; a listing of STP reports; and two STP prospectuses. Contains 14 references. (Author/KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Triennial Convention of the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (4th, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 5-8, 1988).