ERIC Number: ED352867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-4
Reference Count: N/A
Learn By DU-ing. What's Wrong with the Team Approach? One Class' Experience.
Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Economics Dept.
This paper describes one course offered in the Economics Department at the Drexel University (DU), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that uses directed learning and focuses on public sector problems. As the opening notes, the course is titled "Learn by DU-ing" ("DU" is a reference to Drexel University) and offers a menu of approximately 17 integrated private and public problems and policy issues. The course combines classroom lectures with real world applications. Students work in inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams consisting of undergraduates and graduates. This paper describes an "in class" experience specifically involving the learning format of project groups and teams. In the first of three main sections the reasons for examining the group effort in class work are discussed, namely that real situations provide the only mechanism by which students can experience the scope of techniques and integrations that are necessary in creating and using connected frameworks to solve real-world problems and that projects allow students to make contributions to the community. The second section describes the approach used in attempting to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the team approach in class experiences. The final section presents the findings of that effort including a 96 percent positive experience with the team approach. Analysis of responses and the questionnaire are appended. (Contains 18 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Economics Dept.