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ERIC Number: ED407404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Team Learning in Secondary Schools.
Leithwood, Kenneth; And Others
This document reports on a study of the nature, causes and consequences of team learning among faculty in five secondary schools. Data were collected primarily through group interviews; 48 individual team members also responded to an 11-item survey about team learning conditions. From the data analysis, three teams were classified as functional and three as dysfunctional. Each team is described in terms of conditions for team learning, team learning processes, team learning outcomes, conditions external to the team influencing learning, team leadership, stimulus for team learning, and quantitative results. The functional teams met the conditions for team learning, had a large repertoire of effective group problem-solving strategies, and attributed most of their reported changes to work that occurred prior to the interview. The dysfunctional teams lacked many of the internal conditions for team learning, and most of the evidence concerning their problem-solving processes and learning outcomes appeared to have been stimulated by the research interview itself. While the conditions fostering or inhibiting learning among functional teams were similar, dysfunctional teams varied. Finally, the evidence suggested that teams were capable of learning and successfully working with initiatives mandated from outside the school. (Contains 26 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada