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Using Student Teams in the Classroom: A Faculty Guide

Using Student Teams in the Classroom: A Faculty Guide

ISBN: 978-1-882-98237-0

Oct 2000, Jossey-Bass

222 pages

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Teamwork builds cooperation, problem solving, active learning, and responsibility, all of which are increasingly important in both the classroom and in the workplace. Using Student Teams in the Classroom is a helpful guide for all faculty who want to actively engage students with both the material and one another by using teamwork.

Beginning with the theory behind teamwork, the book suggests basic ways to incorporate collaboration and discussion into the college classroom, encourage effective communication, and help resolve conflict. It then moves into practical guidelines, examples, and activities and teaching tips for using student teams. The examples span twenty disciplines: architecture, behavioral ecology, ceramics, child and family studies, distance learning, education, engineering, English, fine arts, health and exercise science, higher education, human resource management, supply chain management, mathematics, nursing, nutrition, hospitality and food service management, public affairs, sociology, and writing. Finally, the authors have compiled several articles and a case study on performance in small groups and cooperative learning, along with a list of list of additional resources.

Instructors of any subject, of any class size, will be able to learn from and implement the important lessons in this book, thus offering their own students the cognitive, social, and collaborative skills that will aid them in their intellectual and professional endeavors.

About the Authors.




Part I: Teamwork Theory and Discussion.

Chapter 1. Teamwork Theory and Discussion.

Part II. Building Effective Teams.

Chapter 2. Technology and Teamwork.

Chapter 3. Exercise for Students: How Do I Learn Best?

Chapter 4. Guidelines for Student Teams.

Chapter 5. Group Exercises.

Chapter 6. Managing Conflict.

Chapter 7. Team Evaluation.

Chapter 8. Top-Notch Tips for Team Learning.

Part III: Teamwork in the Disciplines.


Behavioral Ecology.

Introductory Ceramics.

Child and Family Studies.

Distance learning, Technology, and Teamwork.



English and Textual Studies.

Fine Arts.

Health and Exercise Science.

Higher Education.




Nutrition and the Hospitality and Food Service.

Management Programs.

Public Affairs.



Part IV: Articles/Resources.

Chapter 9. Enhancing Performance in Small Groups.

Chapter 10. Spectators and Gladiators: Reconnecting the Students with the Problem.

Chapter 11. Betty Mile’s Worst Nightmare: A Cooperative Learning Dilemma.