ERIC Number: EJ818787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Facilitating Better Teamwork: Analyzing the Challenges and Strategies of Classroom-Based Collaboration
Fredrick, Terri A.
Business Communication Quarterly, v71 n4 p439-455 2008
To help students develop teamwork skills, teachers should be aware of the strategies students already employ to assert authority and manage conflict. Researchers studying engineering students have identified two such approaches: transfer-of-knowledge sequences, in which students emulate teacher and pupil roles; and collaborative sequences, in which students use circular talk to reach consensus. As demonstrated in this article, these strategies are also used by students in professional communication courses. The second half of this article provides specific suggestions for designing team assignments, interacting effectively with student teams, and developing evaluations that value the "process" of teamwork.
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Teamwork, Conflict, Power Structure, Social Influences, Transfer of Training, Cooperative Learning, Teacher Role, Educational Strategies
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