Teamwork and projects are at the heart of the approach Karl Smith uses in teaching students of all levels. While knowing that it isn't easy for students to work effectively in project teams or for faculty to organize and manage them, Smith has been convinced through personal experience in the classroom that the potential for extraordinary work from teams makes it worth the effort. In writing Project Management and Teamwork, his goals for the reader were for them to understand the dynamics of team development and interpersonal problem solving, to identify strategies for accelerating the development of true team effectiveness, to understand the critical dimensions of project scope, time, and cost management, to understand critical technical competencies in project management, and to explore a variety of "best practices" including anticipating, preventing, and overcoming barriers to project success. The assumption is that projects and teamwork are a central part of engineering work in the world outside the classroom.
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JEAN MACGREGOR directs a FIPSE-funded National Communities Dissemination Project at The Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education at the Evergreen State College. She also teaches in the master's of environmental studies program at Evergreen
JAMES L. COOPER is coordinator of the teaching curriculum master's program at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He recently stepped down as editor of the Cooperative Learning and College Teaching newsletter, which he founded with a FIPSE grant awarded to him from 1990-1993.
KARL A. SMITH is Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches modeling, engineering systems, and project management. He has a split appointment with Michigan State University, where he does faculty development work.
PAMELA ROBINSON teaches courses in research methods and social cultural issues in the graduate education department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She has served as asociate editor of the Cooperative Learning and College Teacher newsletter for the past eight years.
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