Marylhurst associate professor Eileen Schiffer published an article on The Dreaded Team Assignment, with tips for educators to make students’ team projects learning experiences in themselves, in the April 2017 issue of Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers.
Dr. Schiffer acknowledges the downside to assigning team projects: students commonly employ the divide-and-conquer strategy, offering little room for developing essential leadership skills employed in the workplace.
In her article, Schiffer offers specific strategies that can be employed by any educator assigning group work. These strategies are intended to allow students to focus as much on the process as on the final product, developing their abilities in areas of self-awareness; active listening; clear goal identification; motivating fellow team members; facilitating productive conflict; building relationships designed to empower others; and recognizing and respecting differences in perspectives, goals and cultural filters.
Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers is the official publication of the Association of Career & Technical Education. The periodical provides news about legislation affecting career and technical education, in-depth features on issues and programs, and profiles of educators and other news makers.
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Eileen Schiffer, Ph.D., teaches organizational behavior, strategic leadership and ethical management in the School of Business at Marylhurst University. She is an industrial/organizational psychologist with professional and teaching experience in the areas of leadership, organizational change and motivation.