Tools and techniques for enhancing the quality and effectiveness of student teams

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Research and Development in Higher Education: Quality Conversations Vol. 25

July, 2002, 794 pages
Published by
Tony Herrington
ISBN
0 908557 54 X
Abstract 

Group learning is becoming increasingly common in higher education, yet many students are disappointed by their experiences with it. This is due in part to a lack of understanding, by both students and faculty, of the attributes of effective teams along with a lack of explicit focus on their achievement. This paper presents various tools and techniques by which faculty can identify and explore the attributes of successful teams with their students. They include in- class experience-based discussion; simple exercises, games, and ice-breakers; team attribute analysis; complex exercises and games; and the assessment of individual roles. Through these ideas, a contribution to quality conversations on the effectiveness of student teams is made.

Keywords: Group learning, attributes of effective teams, tools and techniques

Tools and techniques for enhancing the quality and effectiveness of student teams

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