Mindsets and fluencies for collaboration

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.

More information

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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