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The teamwork skills of social pedagogues

Katja Kajič (2013) The teamwork skills of social pedagogues. Diploma thesis.

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    Contemporary pedagogical approaches are based on team work. Team work is when a group is focused on a particular goal and members of the group work together with the purpose of fulfilling the goal. In the pedagogical field this means that at least two pedagogical workers are focused on the same students at the same time. For team work to be successful certain competences are needed. In the widest definition competences can be defined as knowledge, skills and strategies. For a competence to develop one must first function in a certain environment. Namely, one must first function in a team for team work skills to develop. However, functioning in a team alone is not enough for the development of team work skills. Education and team work training are important as well. In my research I wanted to study how developed team work skills are in students of social pedagogy and in employed social pedagogues. I was also interested in which factors according to respondents affect the development of team work skills the most. Data was gathered with a questionnaire that had been solved online by the respondents. The questionnaire had been solved by 61 respondents, 29 of which are students and 32 employed social pedagogues. The results have shown that students of social pedagogy and employed social pedagogues have developed team work skills to a very similar degree. The most distinct are skills of honouring agreements, conforming to team members, finding common solutions, being open to criticism and expression opposing views. The least distinct are skills of being acquainted with technical discoveries from the field of team work, expressing observations, disagreements and dissatisfactions in a team. According to students of social pedagogy the development of team work skills is most affected by team work experiences, working in a team and feedback from the other members of the team. According to employed social pedagogues the most vivid factors in the development of team work skills are feeling safe in a team, clear instructions about the purpose of a team and the responsibilities of its members. Students of social pedagogy have evaluated reading technical literature, illustrations of team work by professors and assistants and lectures on team work as least influential factors. Employed social pedagogues have evaluated that team work skills are least affected by cooperation when preparing a seminar paper, lectures on team work and reading technical literature.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: social pedagogues, team work, team work skills, factors in development of team work skills
    Number of Pages: 44
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Alenka PolakMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9761609)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1719
    Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2013 08:19
    Last Modified: 19 Sep 2013 08:19
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1719

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