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Collaborative mindsets and behaviour
The identified mindsets and behaviour essential for both informal and formal types of collaboration can be distilled to:
- Share a common goal or purpose
- Communicate easily with common vocabulary
- Have mutual ownership
- Have something at risk or something to lose
- Build familiarity
- Let go and don’t take things personally
- Listen deeply
- Adapt quickly: accept reality and do what needs to be done
- Give and take control
5 Es of Collaboration
Crockett, Jukes and Churches (2013) in their seminal work ‘21st Century Fluencies for the Digital Age’ (iBook or Kindle) identified what they defined as the 5 Es of Collaboration fluency. The 5 Es provide a useful framework for the phases of collaboration. Teasing out each Fluency highlights the requisite skills that individuals should possess to easily transform their intent into action. The 5 Es are:
- Establish the collective, and determine the best role for each team member by pinpointing each team member’s personal strengths and expertise, establishing norms, and the signing of a group contract that indicates both a collective working agreement and an acceptance of the individual responsibilities and accountability of each team member.
- Envision the outcome, examining the issue, challenge, and goal as a group.
- Engineer a workable plan to achieve the goal.
- Execute by putting the plan into action and managing the process.
- Examine the process and the end result for areas of constructive improvement.
On our site we publishing over time a rich array of material on processes to support you and your students to collaborate. We also have tips on how to start collaborating among schools
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