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TEAMWORK STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES: PERCEPTIONS OF PRACTICING EDUCATORS

TEAMWORK STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES: PERCEPTIONS OF PRACTICING EDUCATORS,Jennifer Olson,Philip D. Olson

TEAMWORK STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES: PERCEPTIONS OF PRACTICING EDUCATORS  
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The need today for cooperative teamwork skills is highlighted in best practice research and by accrediting bodies of higher education. This study reports survey results of practicing early childhood educators concerning their perceived teamwork strengths and weaknesses. Over 500 individuals provided self-assessment information on their teams. Reported strengths included: having a facilitator at meetings; having an agenda at meetings; encouraging all members to participate in team decisions; and listening to one another. The identified weaknesses were associated with time concerns. The respondents felt meetings did not start nor end on time and there were no timelines assigned to agenda items. Further, timelines were not set for achieving team goals. These perceptions of practicing educators can be used to guide the development and expansion of teamwork courses offered by higher education institutions.
Published in 1999.
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