Team Writing
First Edition   ©2010

Team Writing

A Guide to Working in Groups

Joanna Wolfe (University of Louisville)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-56582-8; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-56582-4; Format: Paper Text, 160 pages

Practical advice throughout the collaborative process. While most advice to students about collaboration focuses on face-to-face meetings, Team Writing teaches written communication as central to successful group work. The book’s two parts, "Before You Start" and "Writing Together," guide students through the planning stages and the process of writing as a team.

Online videos with real student teams. Accompanying videos (available online at portray actual student interactions, providing teachable models of functional and dysfunctional teams. Exercises throughout the book get students thinking about the dynamics behind the scenarios. Comments from team members and professional managers help students recognize and solve team problems.

Sample documents and worksheets to get students started. Frequent examples guide students through the challenges of writing collaboratively. Self-assessment activities help students understand their own working styles, while sample team charters, schedules, and e-mails show how communication shapes the team dynamic — and the final project.

Troubleshooting for a range of team problems. A unique troubleshooting chapter recognizes the specific problems that real student teams often face — and offers practical solutions to fit a range of situations.

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