In order to increase teacher teams’ performance in Vocational Education and Training (VET) colleges, it is important that teachers engage in team learning. Team learning implies that teachers share and discuss information in order to build and maintain a mutually shared cognition on actions they need to take.
In this PhD research it was examined to what extent and how VET colleges can stimulate teachers’ engagement in team learning. It was found that the presence of team-oriented human resource management (HRM), team leaders’ specific implementation of team-oriented HRM, team leaders’ transformational leadership style, and opportunities for distributed leadership all seemed to stimulate teachers’ engagement in team learning.
These findings imply that engagement in team learning is not only the responsibility of teachers, but also of VET colleges. By creating a supportive environment that aims to stimulate teachers to feel and act as part of a real team, VET colleges play a crucial role in stimulating team learning and increasing teacher team performance.