Team learning is an especially powerful way of using small groups. Different authors have used different terms when writing about small groups: learning groups, collaborative learning, cooperative learning, and team learning. Despite the varying terminology, all refer to the same idea: putting individual students in a class into small groups for the purpose of promoting more active and more effective learning. By creating a course structure that involves small groups in the initial acquisition of course content, in learning how to apply that content, and in the assessment of student learning, the procedures of team learning offer teachers an extremely powerful tool for creating several kinds of higher level learning. The key to using this tool successfully lies in understanding a few key principles of team dynamics and then learning how to apply those principles to specific subject matter and in a variety of teaching situations. This book explains those principles and shows how team learning transforms the structure of the course, transforms small groups into teams, and transforms the quality of student learning.
LARRY K. MICHAELSEN is the David Ross Boyd Professor of Management, University of Oklahoma. ARLETTA BAUMAN KNIGHT is Associate Director, Instruction Development Program, University of Oklahoma. L. DEE FINK is Director, Instructional Development Program, University of Oklahoma.
Preface The Key Ideas of Team Learning Beyond Small Groups: Harnessing the Extraordinary Power of Learning Teams by L. Dee Fink Getting Started with Team Learning by Larry K. Michaelsen Designing Effective Group Activities by Larry Michaelsen and Arletta Bauman Knight Group Process Research: Implications for Using Learning Groups by Carolyn Birmingham and Mary McCord The Voices of Experience An Alternative to Lecturing in the Sciences by Frank Dinan Using Case Studies in Science--And Still "Covering the Content" by Clyde Herreid Working with Nontraditional and Underprepared Students by Pat Goodson A Dramatic Turnaround in a Classroom of Deaf Students by Melanie Nakadji Overcoming Initial Mistakes When Using Small Groups by Fred Streuling Creating Single Group Activities that Teach Multiple Concepts by Laurie Lucas Team Learning in Large Classes by Larry Michaelsen Using Team Learning in a Very Traditional Cultural and Institutional Context by Jii Popovsky International Cultures and the Dynamics of Team Learning by Jon Cragin Using Teams to Enhance Online Learning by Mark Freeman Conclusions Team Learning: A Strategy for Transforming the Quality of Teaching and Learning by Arletta Bauman Knight Appendix A: Frequently Asked Questions about Team Learning Appendix B: Procedures for Peer Evaluation Appendix C: Grade-Weight Setting Exercise Appendix D: Miscellaneous Materials Related to Team Learning List of References Index
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