Team-Based Learning

A Transformative Use of Small Groups

by Larry K. Michaelsen, ed., Arletta Bauman Knight, ed., L. Dee Fink, ed.


Challenges current thinking about effective ways of using small groups in college teaching, shedding new light on this remarkable teaching strategy.

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December 2002


Pages 304
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Education
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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.

Table of Contents

PrefaceThe Key Ideas of Team LearningBeyond Small Groups: Harnessing the Extraordinary Power of Learning Teams by L. Dee FinkGetting Started with Team Learning by Larry K. MichaelsenDesigning Effective Group Activities by Larry Michaelsen and Arletta Bauman KnightGroup Process Research: Implications for Using Learning Groups by Carolyn Birmingham and Mary McCordThe Voices of ExperienceAn Alternative to Lecturing in the Sciences by Frank DinanUsing Case Studies in Science--And Still "Covering the Content" by Clyde HerreidWorking with Nontraditional and Underprepared Students by Pat GoodsonA Dramatic Turnaround in a Classroom of Deaf Students by Melanie NakadjiOvercoming Initial Mistakes When Using Small Groups by Fred StreulingCreating Single Group Activities that Teach Multiple Concepts by Laurie LucasTeam Learning in Large Classes by Larry MichaelsenUsing Team Learning in a Very Traditional Cultural and Institutional Context by Jií PopovskyInternational Cultures and the Dynamics of Team Learning by Jon CraginUsing Teams to Enhance Online Learning by Mark FreemanConclusionsTeam Learning: A Strategy for Transforming the Quality of Teaching and Learning by Arletta Bauman KnightAppendix A: Frequently Asked Questions about Team LearningAppendix B: Procedures for Peer EvaluationAppendix C: Grade-Weight Setting ExerciseAppendix D: Miscellaneous Materials Related to Team LearningList of ReferencesIndex



I recommend this because it offers helpful insights into the use of team-based learning for improving the effectiveness of one's teaching and improving student learning outcomes.—Teaching Theology and Religion

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