Rachel DeSoto-Jackson (Theatre, Dance, and Performance),
Paige Matzerath (SAHE ’20), Emily Ostrowski (SAHE ’20), and Mimi Benjamin
(Student Affairs in Higher Education) coauthored a book chapter that was included
Professional Skills into Undergraduate Chemistry Curricula.
The chapter “Teaching Teamwork through Theater: Interdisciplinary Collaboration
in a General Education Course” offers an approach to teaching team skills in
an interdisciplinary classroom within a general education course. Using THTR
161 Introduction to Theater: Interpersonal Practices, the methods identified
offer STEM educators a pathway for the inclusion of team skills within required
courses students take before reaching discipline specific courses. The
exercises identified through theatrical collaboration team activities
demonstrate a model for team-based learning (TBL) that may be adapted and
applied within other courses or team projects.
In Part I of this chapter, the THTR
161 course instructor (DeSoto-Jackson) outlines the course design and instructional
methods employed in the course. Part II reports the data collection and
assessment of the course in fall 2019, conducted by an assessment team
addressing multiple team-based courses (Matzerath, Ostrowski, and Benjamin).
This is followed by recommendations for development that were implemented by
DeSoto-Jackson in spring 2020 with additional data collection.