ERIC Number: ED398398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-2
Teamwork and Cooperative Learning in Technical Education.
In recent years, interest in teamwork in the workplace has increased noticeably. For technical educators, the implications of this emphasis on employee involvement and cooperation are clear: they should begin developing the requisite skills in their students before they enter the work force. The skill sets that are needed--in effective communications, leadership, and decision making--can be effectively developed in the context of current courses. Once the decision for cooperative learning has been made, a series of practical issues must be dealt with--figuring out how to restructure classroom activities to conform with this general ideal. The practical decisions about restructuring a course can be greatly aided by conversations with colleagues. The handful of published guidelines for implementing collaborative techniques in the college classroom includes the following: a special issue on higher education of "Cooperative Learning" magazine; a volume by Johnson, Johnson, and Smith (1991) that is a source of practical ideas; and a "how-to" volume on cooperative learning published by the National Center for Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. The next step is to work on the syllabus--what needs to be changed, the amount of material that can be covered, and what kinds of activities groups will be working on. (Contains 12 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Denver, CO, December 2, 1995).