SHOULD WE PROMOTE STUDENTS GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER?

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Teamwork is often promoted when students work together, they can pool their knowledgeand skills, leading to a more comprehensive understanding of the subject matter. They can also learn from each other’s strengths and weaknesses, which can help them identify and address their own learning gaps Disadvantages of students working together as a team. But what happens when it is not so clear-cut?

  1. Individual Accountability: In a team setting, individual accountability may be less clear, leading to some students relying on others to do the work. This can interrupt the development of individual responsibility and confidence.
  2. Conflict and Imbalance of Skills: When working in a team, conflicts may arise due to different work styles, communication preferences, or personality clashes. Teams may not always have an equal share of skills, which can lead to frustration and resentment among team members.
  3. Social Dynamics and Groupthink: Social dynamics within teams can affect the overall learning experience. If groupthink or pressure to conform prevails, students may not feel comfortable expressing their ideas or challenging the status quo, hindering their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  4. Time Management and Individual Goals: Managing individual tasks and deadlines while ensuring the overall team’s progress can be challenging. Students may struggle to balance their own learning goals with the team’s collective goals.
  5. Lack of Clear Roles and Responsibilities: Ineffectively defined roles and responsibilities can lead to confusion, duplication of effort, and dissatisfaction among team members. Clear expectations and a well-matched team are necessary for effective teamwork.

    Day in and day out we work with a range of different personalities and witness the dynamics amongst “friendships”. We should acknowledge and aim to have measures in place to address potential challenges to optimize the effectiveness of teamwork. By creating a supportive environment, providing clear guidance, and addressing individual needs, and for students to recognise that we are aware of their strengths and weaknesses within their team. As teachers, we can harness the strengths of teamwork and ensure that students reap its full rewards.