June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
The “Program” International Summer Research (ISR) program in Cartagena, Colombia, provides “program” Undergraduate Scholars students an intensive authentic two-month international research experience. American students work jointly as a team with Colombian students on a common research project. Participating students were from the City College of New York, Lincoln University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Cartagena, Universidad de San Buenaventura, and Universidad Technoligico de Bolivar. Group activities are commonly employed in education. Groups that comprised members of different ethnicity, culture and race made up the characteristics of a heterogeneous group. The composition of this specific group faces unique challenges that might be absent in a homogenous group.
This research was a part of an international research project in Cartagena, Colombia. Research activities were done (40 hours per week) and involved both field-work and laboratory based work. Weekly reports were required by all participants for the eight weeks of the program. Students evaluated environmental parameters relating to soil, beach and portable water quality. The research team consisted of four Colombian student and four American students, an equal number of male and female participants, 50% engineering students and 50% other STEM students, racially/ethnically diverse with an average age of 21.
A case study was conducted on group dynamics to explore the different variables that influence group effectiveness. The effectiveness of the group was assessed using the Big Five Personality Traits Questionnaire (BFPTSQ) and the Team Effectiveness Questionnaire (TEQ) that covers eight dimensions of group effectiveness. Leadership and group effectiveness were assessed two times across the 2 months of research experience.
The purpose of this observation is to examine the core mechanism and to establish a root understanding of group dynamics with an internationally diverse population. This case study is based on data obtained from observations and questionnaire to determine the factors that are related to group effectiveness in a heterogeneous group. This research intends to explore the nature of group dynamics and power structure within the context of international research with a multicultural/multiracial group.
Brathwaite, C., & Vernon, J., & Ventura, C. (2019, June), Analyzing the Group Effectiveness and Dynamics of a Heterogeneous International Research Group In Cartagena (Colombia): A Case Study Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32093
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