ERIC Number: ED442178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Roundtable Concerning Teaching in Educational Administration: Organizing, Leading and Monitoring Effective Work Teams.
McCabe, Donna Hagen
This paper provides data from students in an educational administration class on use of teaming and collaboration to research educational problems. The instructor taught group dynamics and modeled the process of facilitating and developing collaboration in teams. Classes were offered in 3-1/2 hour sessions for 5 weeks. Various team-building materials were conducted throughout the course of the class, and simulations and field studies were used to encourage insight into group process and problems of communication. This paper discusses the effectiveness of: (1) course content and materials; (2) learning activities and skill practice; and (3) working in teams to accomplish class and team objectives. The purpose of the study was to collect data for class improvement but also to model the need to effectively assess work-team progress in the workplace. When what they liked best about the class, students commented positively about experiencing a mixture of lecture and group activity, learning about themselves while being in a team, and being treated as professionals who could work effectively in teams. Suggestions were mixed about the content-laden midterm but positive about being graded on both their individual and group test scores. An appendix contains a copy of the questionnaire. (Contains 14 references.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, Louisiana, April 24-28, 2000).