Walking the talk: the dynamic of sustainable team relationships in teacher education

Black, Trevor and Fisher, Madeline and Geoghegan, Noel and Green, Penny and Jamieson-Proctor, Romina and McMaster, John and O'Brien, Patrick and Richards, Penny (2008) Walking the talk: the dynamic of sustainable team relationships in teacher education. In: Proceedings of the Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference (ATEA 2008): Teacher Educators at Work: What Works and Where is the Evidence?, 8-11 Jul 2008, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

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This paper describes the multi-dimensional phenomenon of team work as understood and experienced by the Faculty of Education team at Fraser Coast campus of the University of Southern Queensland. Anecdotal evidence from varied sources and over the past several years suggests that the education team is a highly successful unit that produces quality student learning outcomes. The main aim of this research was to investigate the essence of what makes this an effective higher education team, in order to develop a conceptual model for sustainable team relationships specifically in the context of teacher education, but which could have applicability more broadly to other higher education contexts. This paper begins by examining and evaluating the international and national literature with regards to teamwork in educational contexts. The phenomenon of reflective practice between and amongst team members has to date not been well researched. This paper seeks to provide a perspective on the phenomenon as it is experienced by this group of teacher educators. The study found that effective functioning of this team involved three main dimensions of activity: relaxed informality, dedicated professionalism and supportive respect.

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Additional Information: © Australian Teacher Education Association, July 2008. Although copyright of papers published in the annual conference proceedings is held by ATEA, authors retain the right to rework their papers for publication in other venues. Where a paper is to be reproduced in its entirety, permission should be sought from the ATEA Executive. Accepted version deposited with permission of publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2008 06:21
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 00:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: team work; teacher education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4290

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