New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
This paper presents results to date from a dissertation study on undergraduate student cross-disciplinary teamwork. The study focuses on a team of undergraduate students from technical and non-technical disciplines such as, engineering, management, economics, architecture, and psychology, working together on a cross-disciplinary project. The project was primarily student-led, and was facilitated by two faculty mentors in mechanical engineering and management. The team spent the semester working together to develop a business plan for a makerspace on campus that would allow students access to prototyping equipment, such as 3D printers, at little to no cost.
This study utilized a qualitative research approach, borrowing from ethnographic, narrative, and case study research. Data collection included: observations and audio/video recordings of weekly team meetings, interviews with student team members, and analysis of regular, written progress reports from each student. The real-time approach to data collection provides a rich understanding of how students develop as cross-disciplinary team members while working on a project. The case presented here illustrates one student’s cross-disciplinary experience and how she developed from a shy, apprehensive team member to an interested and contributing member of a student project team.
Anderson, R. K., & Martin, J. P. (2016, June), Cross-disciplinary Teamwork During an Undergraduate Student Project: Results to Date Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26609
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