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Infant Toddler Development Training
Module 2, Lesson 4


The focus of this lesson is on effective vs. ineffective team processes. Since most all teamwork occurs during meetings, the lesson begins with a presentation of guidelines for conducting a successful team meeting. Teams are known to evolve and change over time. The four 'classic' stages of team development (forming, storming, norming and performing) are discussed, along with the defining features of the fifth stage, known as 'transforming.' Problems can occur at any stage of team development. Common problems, including Groupthink, are presented and discussed. In the Activities of this Lesson, participants are encouraged to evaluate the functioning of their own teams, and to analyze teaming issues in a transition scenario.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the components of a successful team meeting
  2. Describe the stages of team development (forming, storming, norming, performing, transforming)
  3. Discuss the defining features of the transforming team
  4. Discuss problems that can occur during the early stages of team development
  5. Summarize the research on qualities of effective teams
  6. Discuss helpful and harmful team processes
  7. Define Groupthink, describe its symptoms and discuss strategies for preventing its occurrence


The following resources are necessary for the completion of this lesson. Learners may wish to access and print a hard copy of the resources prior to beginning the lesson and for future reference. Some resource documents can be found in the Resource Bank. Others are available online.

Key Words

Definitions of key words are found in the glossary.

  • Ground Rules
  • Groupthink


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