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Release: Dec. 12, 2001
University Press of America publishes Henkin's 'Smart School Teams'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University Press of America has recently published "Smart
School Teams: Strengthening Skills for Collaboration" by University of
Iowa College of Education Professor Alan B. Henkin.
Coauthored by Jay R. Dee, a faculty member in educational leadership at
the University of Massachusetts-Boston's Graduate College of Education, the
book is designed to help members of school teams prepare for, and adapt to,
the challenges of collective work. It focuses on interpersonal communication
and teamwork approaches associated with effective collaboration in schools,
and explains how teamwork outcomes are affected by the quality of interpersonal
relationships among team members.
This skill-teaching book emphasizes social, collaborative and task dimensions
of teamwork, and commends strategies that teams can use to build social bonds,
analyze problems and implement decisions. The book includes many exemplary
case scenarios to illustrate critical problems and challenges of working in
teams. Practical suggestions are included for adapting teamwork strategies
to the context of particular school team settings.
The book is grounded in theory and research, relevant and readable, and
is designed to facilitate learning about teams and teamwork and connect it
to experience. It is intended for pre-service and in-service teachers, administrators
and community members, and may be used in professional preparation courses
Henkin is a professor in the College of Education's Educational Policy and
Leadership Studies Division. He has been a faculty member at UI since 1975
and previously served as assistant dean in the College of Education.
Henkin and Dee have collaborated in other published research investigating
problems and impact of teamwork, trust and collective action in schools, colleges
and universities. Dee received his Ph.D from the UI in 1999.