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Yanamandram, V. K. & Noble, G. I. (2005). Team teaching: student reflections of its strengths and weaknesses. In R. Atkinson & J. Hobson (Eds.), Teaching and Learning Forum: The Reflective Practitioner (pp. 1-10). Australia: Murdoch University.


This paper examines student experiences and perceptions of two models of team teaching employed at a regional Australian university to teach a large undergraduate marketing subject. The two team teaching models adopted for use in this subject can be characterised by the large number of team members (ten and six) and the relatively low level of team involvement in the planning and administration of the team teaching process. Data for this study was collected from two identical surveys administered in the teaching sessions of spring 2003 and autumn 2004. In total, data was collected from 440 student responses. Despite the relatively weak forms of team teaching adopted to teach this subject, the majority of students like the concept of team teaching. Student experiences of these models provide support for many of the themes found in the extent literature on team teaching including the issue of variation in the teaching styles of different team members. However, this study argues that from the student perspective, the most critical factor in determining the success or failure of a team teaching effort is the actual composition of the team. A team teaching effort is not necessarily greater than the sum of its parts. A team that comprises of 'good teachers', that is those skilful in teaching large classes is far more important than a team comprising 'experts' in different knowledge areas. This aspect of team teaching is often overlooked in the literature.

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