Student-Friendly Guide: Successful Teamwork!: For undergraduates and taught postgraduates working on group projects by Peter LevinStudent-Friendly Guide: Successful Teamwork!: For undergraduates and taught postgraduates working on group projects by Peter Levin

Student-Friendly Guide: Successful Teamwork!: For undergraduates and taught postgraduates working…

byPeter Levin

Paperback | September 16, 2004

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This lively, concise and to-the-point guide offers hints and practical sugestions to help you deal with the issues you face when working on a group project. It helps you to understand what goes on in project groups, to move forward in difficult situation, and to draw valuable lessons from the experience.

· How to share out the work

· How to transform your group into a team

· How to take decision

· How to deal with‘free riders’

· How to work constructively with someone you don't like

· How to make good use of your experience when applying for jobs

A must for every student working on a group project, and especially recommended if you have been put into a group, assigned a project and left alone to get on with it!

Dr Peter Levin is an educational developer at LSE. One of his roles is that of ‘teamwork tutor’ for students working on group projects. Prior to taking up his present position he lectured in social policy at LSE. He is author of Making Social Policy (Open University Press, 1997).
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Title:Student-Friendly Guide: Successful Teamwork!: For undergraduates and taught postgraduates working…Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 8.27 × 5.87 × 0.31 inPublished:September 16, 2004Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0335215785

ISBN - 13:9780335215782

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Table of Contents

Contents

Teamwork in universities. READ THIS FIRST!

Part One: Basics and context

What do we mean by 'a team'?
The benefits of working in a team
Teamwork skills
Academic teamwork and the job market

Part Two: Getting started
Get in your groups
Get to know one another

Formulate your ground rules
The value of ground rules
Mission statements
Communication
Meetings
Taking decisions

Check out your assignment and plan your work
The project brief
The elements of project work
Programmes of work: the 'critical path'
Allocating tasks

Part Three: How are we doing?

Progress on the project
Progress from 'group' to 'team'
Personal progress

Part Four: Perspectives on team behaviour

Tensions: the task, the team and the individual
Team roles
Management systems and team organization
Team development: forming, storming, norming, performing .
The decision-making process
Negotiation
Cultural traits and differences
Individual traits: 'cats' and 'dogs'

Part Five: Teamwork issues and solutions

The task: getting the work done
Getting help from your teachers
Sharing the work load: 'social loafing'
The 'free rider' problem
Focusing on the task
Taking decisions: 'risky shift', 'group polarization' and 'groupthink'

Personal and inter-personal issues
The group that doesn't storm
Getting your multi-cultural group to 'bond'
Do teams need leaders?
Dealing with a team member who tries to dominate
Working constructively with someone you don't like
Finding your place in the team

Part Six: Benefiting from the experience

Getting feedback - including appreciation
Reflection
Learning logs
Reflective reports

Applying for jobs
Polishing up your CV
Being interviewed
Group tests in assessment centres

Notes and references

Further reading

Background and acknowledgments