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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.

Types of Teams
Types of teams

Team teaching may be done in authority-directed (hierarchical) teams, self-directed (democratic, synergetic) teams, or coordinated or mixed (hierarchical/democratic) teams. (For more details, including charts, see Davis, 1966; LaFauci & Richter, 1970.)

Authority-Directed Teams

In authority-directed or hierarchical teams, members and leaders are assigned by department chairs (if the team is intradisciplinary) or deans (if the team is interdisciplinary). The team has a leader, who is helped by master teachers, regular teachers, and sometimes interns or aides.

The leader or executive is in charge of the team, much like a department chair. He or she

  • Chairs meetings
  • Schedules, coordinates, and directs team activities
  • Makes specified decisions on behalf of the team
  • Stimulates thought and action about goals and methods
  • Keeps abreast of pertinent literature
  • Encourages and implements research
  • Contacts community resource ...
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