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Professional teamwork – challenges and possibilities of collaboration in groups / Denmark

The module aims to establish an understanding, tolerance and awareness of participating in groups in an educational context. It deals with both personal experiences with group participation in educational contexts and will try to explore different ways of structuring a framework for collaboration.

The overall aim of the module is to assist and support the student in practicing participation when focusing on developing a specific method for playing and experimenting with group collaboration. During this module the students will be exposed to both theory and practice regarding group work in an educational context, during classes and specific assignments during the internship days.

The lessons will focus on ways of understanding and structuring the collaborative processes within a group – making it possible to acquire experiences with group work during the module. It is based on an overall didactic structure that combines theory and practice in a continuing flux, making participating in an a playful and experimental environment viable. Both theory and method will make the student more susceptible to participation and conflict tolerance.

Learning aims

Knowledge aims – the student knows about:

  • collaboration and communication between schools and other relevant stakeholders
  • the professional foundation for communication, collegial collaboration, parenting collaboration, interprofessionalism and school development
  • professional knowledge about schools and teaching
  • academic work, communication, aesthetic production and performative action

Skills aims – the students can:

  • develop collaboration independently and with others, which builds upon mutual respect and responsiveness
  • develop collaboration with colleagues, resource persons, parents and pupils about education and development of education
  • analyze central and current problems in connection to schools and education and collaboration with external stakeholder
  • communicate the results of empirical observations as a foundation for development of the schools and teachers praxis

Literature (suggestions)

“Gamestorming – a playbook for innovators, rulebreakers and changemakers” Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, James Macanuto
“How to make meetings work” – Michael Doyle, David Strauss

A complete list of references will be added in December 2017.


Mandatory tasks and assignments

  1. Pre-assignment: Prepare a presentation of how you practice group work in your own educational system. Containing a maximum of five slides and ten minutes presentation for your class. You may present this in a group by country if you wish.
  2. A written product of 3-5 pages within the study group where the students will be asked to focus on specific concepts and theories from the lessons and the internship. The groups have to present their written products as an oral presentation before the final evaluation by the lectures.

Assessment and grading

This course unit is graded based on students’ participation and performance.


  • Attendance: Students must participate at least 90% of teaching hours and international practicum.
  • Students must hand in all required tasks and assignments.


  • Quality of work. Quality criteria for assessment will be presented during the course.