Successful teamwork! : for undergraduates and taught postgraduates working on group projects / Peter Levin.

by Levin, Peter, 1936-Looking glass.

Series: Student-friendly guides: Publisher: Maidenhead : Open University Press, 2005.Description: vii, 128 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0335215785; 9780335215782.Subject(s): Team learning approach in educationLooking glassAlternative form: Electronic version: 9780335226191
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This lively, concise and to-the-point guide offers hints and practical sugestions to help you deal with the issues you face when working on a group project. It helps you to understand what goes on in project groups, to move forward in difficult situation, and to draw valuable lessons from the experience.

· How to share out the work

· How to transform your group into a team

· How to take decision

· How to deal with'free riders'

· How to work constructively with someone you don't like

· How to make good use of your experience when applying for jobs

A must for every student working on a group project, and especially recommended if you have been put into a group, assigned a project and left alone to get on with it!

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Tables (p. viii)
  • List of Boxes (p. ix)
  • Teamwork in universities: Read This First! (p. 1)
  • Part 1 Basics and context
  • What do we mean by 'a team'? (p. 7)
  • The benefits of working in a team (p. 9)
  • Teamwork skills (p. 13)
  • Academic teamwork and the job market (p. 18)
  • Part 2 Getting started
  • Get in your groups (p. 23)
  • Get to know one another (p. 27)
  • Formulate your ground rules (p. 31)
  • The value of ground rules (p. 31)
  • Mission statements (p. 32)
  • Communication (p. 33)
  • Meetings (p. 35)
  • Taking decisions (p. 39)
  • Check out your assignment and plan your work (p. 41)
  • The project brief (p. 41)
  • The elements of project work (p. 43)
  • Programmes of work: the 'critical path' (p. 44)
  • Allocating tasks (p. 46)
  • Part 3 How are we doing?
  • Progress on the project (p. 51)
  • Progress from 'group' to 'team' (p. 54)
  • Personal progress (p. 58)
  • Part 4 Perspectives on team behaviour
  • Tensions: the task, the team and the individual (p. 63)
  • Team roles (p. 65)
  • Management systems and team organization (p. 74)
  • Team development: forming, storming, norming, performing ... (p. 77)
  • The decision-making process (p. 80)
  • Negotiation (p. 83)
  • Cultural traits and differences (p. 88)
  • Individual traits: 'cats' and 'dogs' (p. 93)
  • Part 5 Teamwork issues and solutions
  • The task: getting the work done (p. 97)
  • Getting help from your teachers (p. 97)
  • Sharing the work load: 'social loafing' (p. 98)
  • The 'free-rider' problem (p. 100)
  • Focusing on the task (p. 102)
  • Taking decisions: 'risky shift', 'group polarization' and 'groupthink' (p. 103)
  • Personal and interpersonal issues (p. 105)
  • The group that doesn't storm (p. 106)
  • Getting your multicultural group to 'bond' (p. 106)
  • Do teams need leaders? (p. 107)
  • Dealing with a team member who tries to dominate (p. 108)
  • Working constructively with someone you don't like (p. 109)
  • Finding your place in the team (p. 110)
  • Part 6 Benefiting from the experience
  • Getting feedback - including appreciation (p. 115)
  • Reflection (p. 117)
  • Learning logs (p. 117)
  • Reflective reports (p. 117)
  • Applying for jobs (p. 119)
  • Polishing up your CV (p. 119)
  • Being interviewed (p. 120)
  • Group exercises in assessment centres (p. 121)
  • Notes and references (p. 123)
  • Further reading (p. 124)
  • Background and acknowledgments (p. 127)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Dr Peter Levin is an educational developer, specializing in student support, at the London School of Economics

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