National Collegiate Honors Council


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Published in Honors in Practice, Volume 7. Copyright 2011 National Collegiate Honors Council


Team teaching is an established pedagogical practice, particularly in honors education. Many institutions have long traditions of combining the gifts of multiple faculty in one honors course. For schools that lack such a tradition, however, securing the institutional resources to support team teaching can be a daunting obstacle. If team teaching is really a part of “The New Model Education,” as Gary Bell argues (57), can it be done on a shoestring budget? The Rogers State University Honors Program began in the fall of 2005 with an extremely tight budget and no money for compensating faculty. Despite this challenge, we have experimented with a number of ways to implement team and collaborative teaching in honors courses. This essay will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of five different models for team teaching, none of which involves significant financial expense.