Exploring the links between interdependence, team learning and a shared understanding among team members: the case of teachers facing an educational innovation

Piety Runhaar, Diana Ten Brinke, Marinka Kuijpers, Renate Wesselink, Martin Mulder

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    Abstract

    Teams are increasingly regarded as the building blocks of organizations, for teams of employees are better able to deal with complex problems and ever-changing demands than individual employees. The effectiveness of teams depends, to a large extent, on team members learning together and developing a shared understanding of the com- plex problems they face. As a way to meet the call for more research on conditions that foster team learning, we conducted a multiple case study in which three teacher teams participated. The data showed links between teachers’ goal interdependence, their engagement in team learning activities, like observing each other and preparing lessons together, and a shared understanding of the educational innovation they had to imple- ment. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)67-87
    Number of pages21
    JournalHuman Resource Development International
    Volume17
    Issue number1
    Early online date11 Dec 2013
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

    Keywords

    • team learning
    • workplace learning
    • competence-based education
    • teacher teams
    • task and goal interdependence

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