ERIC Number: ED346084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Learning Teams in the College Classroom: The One-Room Schoolhouse Revisited.
Andrews, Sharon V.; Wheeler, Patricia J. Rawson
Learning teams provide a tool to help students understand new material, enjoy the learning process, and benefit from the organizational structure of the learning environment. These teams are long term peer groupings of inservice teachers participating in a college class. The teams are developed through a six-point process: (1) students choose teams of four or five members; (2) students determine criteria for successful teamwork; (3) students read professional and content area literature in literature circles; (4) students use a team process writing approach for course assignments; (5) students use a number of strategies provided by the instructors for group interactions; and (6) students use teams for short daily discussion groups and peer teaching. Students have reported several benefits of working in learning teams: increased self-confidence as competent learners, increased learning due to the variety of perspectives on topics, increased motivation, increased participation, fewer inhibitions about participation, immediate peer feedback. The instructor adopts many roles within the context of this curricular structure, the most prominent being that of facilitator. (IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Lilly Conference on College Teaching (Oxford, OH, November 1991).