Active/Collaborative Learning Student Teams Integrating Technology Effectively Women and Minorities Assessment and Evaluation EC2000 Emerging Technology Foundation Coalition Curricula Concept Inventories
Facilitating Dysfunctional Teams

Facilitating Dysfunctional Teams
How might an instructor reduce the likelihood of dysfunctional teams? How might team members reduce the likelihood of dysfunctional teams? What is a dysfunctional team?
How might an instructor recognize a dysfunctional team? What examples of dysfunctional behavior can lead to the destruction of a team? How might an instructor facilitate a dysfunctional team?

Examples of Facilitating Dysfunctional Teams

Although the principles and suggestions described above may be very helpful to faculty members who are confronted with dysfunctional teams, some may raise questions about how the principles and suggestions may be applied in more concrete situations. Many faculty members throughout the Foundation Coalition have been using student teams in their classes for several years. Each has developed her or his own approach to facilitating dysfunctional teams, partly based on published research and partly based on her or his experience. Hopefully, actual examples of how some faculty members facilitate dysfunctional teams in their classes will help others.

Example 1: P.K. Imbrie, Purdue University

Example 2: Russ Pimmel, University of Alabama

Example 3: Jim Morgan, Texas A&M University


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