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Team Learning

"Applying group dynamics to learning can help us develop skills that translate into more success in school, work, community, and family."

Summary. Adapted from Assessing the viability of team learning with remedial students in a lecture-based Japanese higher education culture (Duncan, 2013) this is a workshop script from the Team Hachi Project, a series of workshops developed to introduce group dynamics concepts to enhance student performance and satisfaction in college classrooms. 

School can be difficult and boring, especially if we do little more than preparing to take tests. Do you ever wish that school could be more fun, like when you play games with friends? The interesting thing about playing games with others is that, in addition to having fun, we become stronger and smarter as individuals, we build better relationships with others, and we develop discipline that will help us become more successful in school, at work, and in society.

Why can’t school be more like that?

Team Hachi Project found that students can increase performance through team learning; are teachers and institutions barriers to adaptability?

Despite a culture with cooperation as a core value, Japanese higher education generally uses rigid lecture-test teaching models that neither support nor condone small-group learning methods in the classroom. As a result, Japanese college students usually work outside the classroom to develop the collaborative skills necessary to contribute effectively at work and in society.

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