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Design in Engineering Education
Engineering student project teams are common across engineering schools world-wide. These teams provide leadership opportunities for students as well as hands on learning that can be missing from the classroom. The teams provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience during their engineering education. These teams can have a large influence on student success post-graduation. Students who excel on project teams are able to network with industry professionals at competition events, during sponsorship activities, and while seeking mentorship and guidance. These contacts are often key for finding high impact careers after graduation. The culture on student project teams can vary widely. While some teams intentionally focus on being welcoming and inclusive of all students, others can be highly selective, sexist, and exclusive. We have created a survey to better understand how cultures differ across teams and within multi-team makerspaces, as well as how those cultures are related to team-level and student-level outcomes. In this paper, the authors discuss their development of a culture survey of student project teams at a large research institution. The goal of the survey is to examine the team culture of the approximately 25 student project teams at our institution and identify opportunities to increase equity and inclusion on teams. Student members of project teams (N=7) provided feedback on the pilot via a focus group, resulting in modifications to pilot items as well as the suggestion of additional items. The paper will describe the focus group feedback as well as present our resulting survey.
Hirshfield, L. J., & Coller, J. A., & Madden, E. A., & Fowler, R. (2020, June), Assessing the Culture of Engineering Student Project Teams Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34180
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