ERIC Number: EJ824757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 10
Teaching Skills for Facilitating Team-Based Learning
Lane, Derek R.
New Directions for Teaching and Learning, n116 p55-68 Win 2008
Team-based learning (TBL) is a unique student-centered instructional strategy that emphasizes learning to use concepts rather than merely learning about them. As such, TBL requires students to become active participants who are accountable and responsible for their learning. This does not occur, however, unless teachers transform their primary role from a sage dispenser of knowledge to a more sophisticated guide, course designer, and manager of the overall instructional process. The author's experience as an advocate for and trainer of TBL for almost 15 years is that when instructors possess the necessary teaching competencies and carefully implement the defining principles of TBL, students are better prepared, more engaged, and more likely to acquire knowledge that facilitates lifelong learning. In addition, when students willingly share in the responsibility to ensure that learning occurs, teaching is simply more fun because students begin to behave more like colleagues. Unfortunately, incomplete or inadequate implementation may result in negative experiences, student resistance, or some combination of feelings of indignation, frustration, and general distaste for the process. This chapter describes the teaching competencies, facilitation strategies, and personal characteristics that minimize student frustration, increase the fidelity of TBL implementation, and ultimately moderate student success.
Descriptors: Teaching Skills, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Guidance
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