Team teaching is a collegial, collaborative method in which two or more academic staff plan and deliver one or more units of study together. They may do so over a semester or longer, in units that are clustered within one or more year levels. Team teaching may involve intra or interdisciplinary staff or subject matter, depending on what kind of learning experience is desired.
Commonly, a whole team attend each class and individuals take turns 'leading'. Other frequently used variations are in-class dialogues between staff, or a roster of staff taking one or more classes 'solo' over a session.
Benefits of Team Teaching
The benefits of team teaching will differ depending on the model used. The table below illustrates some advantages of this approach.
|For Staff||For Students|
Provides support for inexperienced or casual staff when they are matched with experienced, ongoing staff.
Gain exposure to variety of teaching styles
Offers opportunities for formal or informal peer review of teaching
Specialist topics can be taught by expert staff without loss of coverage of 'core' content
Allows staff to set aside 'block time' for teaching and research
Encourages moderation, shared standards and consistency in assessment
Team members not leading a class can model desired student behaviours (raising queries, note-taking, and demonstrating critical engagement)
Can be used to create more interactive sessions, when staff model and together support debate and dialogue
The team can model effective teamwork and collaboration for students
Exposure to multiple perspectives can aid development of critical thinking
May foster new research partnerships
Can assist integration of inter-disciplinary perspectives
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