Teamwork describes a group of people who are working together to accomplish a specific goal or to complete a project. Each team member performs his/her duties, combining the work into a cohesive finished product. Collaborative learning, collective decision making, team building, and group projects are all teamwork activities that involve taking responsibility for one’s ideas and having sensitivity to the ideas and goals of others. Teamwork mirrors the real world where sharing information and understanding the views of others are often critical. (Shank, http://www.learningpeaks.com/)
Why is Teamwork Important?
Additionally, teamwork is important because:
- Learners think through topics more thoroughly.
- Teamwork encourages exploration of alternative perspectives and solutions.
- Teamwork stimulates critical thinking and helps learners clarify ideas through discussion and debate.
- Solutions are typically better than what one learner could develop working individually — particularly if the project is complex.