TITLE

Teamwork and the Need for Cooperative Learning

AUTHOR(S)
Magney, John
PUB. DATE
August 1996
SOURCE
Labor Law Journal;Aug96, Vol. 47 Issue 8, p564
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Recent years have seen waves of change cascading through our workplaces. Quality and productivity have been emphasized as never before. Layers of management have been stripped away in hundreds of organizations, with traditional bureaucratic controls being replaced by structures emphasizing employee participation and involvement. Teamwork is no longer just a sports metaphor. It is now a fact of everyday working life for a growing number of U.S. workers. The emphasis on teamwork has important implications for the education of human resources or industrial relations professionals. They need to be thoroughly familiar with the social skills involved in teamwork and with effective methods for developing these skills among employees. All of this should be covered in their professional education. Cooperative learning provides a highly relevant model on how teamwork can be taught in a human resources or industrial relations curriculum. Students who have learned to cooperate on classroom tasks acquire skill-sets directly applicable to workplace teams.
ACCESSION #
9709053715

 

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