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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 in education.

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.