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Team teaching - a pedagogical technique that shifts the role of instruction from the individual to a team - provides students with the opportunity to take a more active role in learning. Author Francis J. Buckley explains how and why team teaching works and provides a comprehensive review of research material with practical applications. The book covers the nature, purpose, types, history, and evaluation of team teaching, as well as the resources needed and the roles of teachers, students, and administrators. The author compares this teaching approach with traditional methods seeking to strengthen its appeal to initiates. Team Teaching: What, Why, and How is the fruit of 30 years of team teaching in graduate school, religious education, sociology, psychology, and elementary school.

What is Team Teaching?
What is team teaching?

Teaching is not just any kind of interaction between teachers and students. Some content is to be taught and learned: some knowledge, values, or skills, and preferably all three (Hyman, 1970, pp. 10–17).1

Teaching goes beyond mere conditioning or drilling by rote repetition. Neither drilling nor conditioning really aims at understanding and appreciation. As Israel Scheffler defined it, ‘Teaching may be characterized as an activity aimed at the achievement of learning and practised in such manner as to respect the student's intellectual integrity and capacity for independent judgment’ (quoted in Hyman, 1970, p. 8).

Teaching is a process. Learning is its goal. When teaching is most successful, both students and teachers learn. If little or no learning takes place, the ...

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