January 26, 2010
Teams in the 21st Century Reflection Paper
Communication and collaboration is starting to play a very important role in workplaces and in schools. Workplace success depends on the ability to communicate with others. On some jobs if they cannot work as a team and communicate with other people they will lose their job. I work in teams at work and I also have worked in small groups at school, and find the outcome to be much greater working with someone than working alone. Communication helps the educator and the students interact with each other.
I work in a team every day at work. Our jobs consist of teams, teamwork, and communication. I could not perform my job without working as a team. I also worked in a small group in my last class. Our assignment was shortened because we split the work among each other and that made the job easier. I had a great experience working with my learning team because we communicated with each other, made sure everyone understood their part, and came together at the end and collaborated and put everyone’s opinion together. The outcome was great. I learned a great deal from my group. I learned that it’s ok to work with other people, listen to their theories, and depend on the integrity of their work. I was surprised at how differently each person view the same situation.
Working with teams is collaboration. Learning how to collaborate should be taught early to students. This would teach young students how to collaborate in their studies, in Universities, and later on with their colleagues at work. Collaboration is important because it teaches teamwork. Proactive education changes are needed to acquaint students in education with the potential for working collaboratively toward quality outcomes as part of interprofessional teams (Atwal & Caldwell, 2002; Cobin et al., 1997; Freeth & Reeves, 2004; Gilbert et at.,...