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Effective Building and Development of Student Teamwork Using Personality Types in Engineering Courses

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Size, Civility, and the Classroom Culture: Setting Class Tone with a Student-centered Perspective

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Dimitra Michalaka P.E. The Citadel Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Dimitra Michalaka is an Assistant Professor at the department of civil and environmental engineering at The Citadel. Dr. Michalaka received her undergraduate diploma in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), after which she entered into the transportation engineering graduate program at UF. She graduated with a Master’s of Science in May 2009 and with a Ph.D. in August 2012. Her research is primarily focused on traffic operations, congestion pricing, traffic simulation, and engineering education.

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Michael Golub Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis Orcid 16x16

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Michael Golub is the Academic Laboratory Supervisor for the Mechanical Engineering department at IUPUI. He is an associate faculty at the same school, and teaches part-time at two other colleges. He has conducted research related to Arctic Electric Vehicles. He participated and advised several student academic competition teams for several years. His team won 1st place in the 2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. He holds a M.F.A. in Television Production, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a B.S. in Sustainable Energy.

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Engineers have a high calling of contributing to the betterment of humanity. Engineering projects have become more complicated in recent years. One solution to solving complex problems and working on engineering projects is team building. Competent and effective team building requires time and effort in the workplace or school. To best prepare students to meet the engineering profession’s demands and the needs of experienced professionals, teamwork and team building are essential to be taught in the educational system. Teamwork is also a necessary component of an engineering education. This paper presents ways educators can form student teams to work on class projects and assignments in order to develop better student teamwork skills. Different ways of forming student groups are examined in this paper. Some of them include using Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers’ personality test, pairing motivated with less motivated students, and using a random lottery system. These methods were used in civil and mechanical engineering classes where students had to work on course projects. The assessment of the effectiveness of those methods was conducted by using peer evaluations forms, peer group evaluation forms, instructor observations on team dynamics, conducting student interviews, and evaluating project quality. The observations of this study are analyzed to explore how the different ways of pairing students for group course projects influences team building skills.

Michalaka, D., & Golub, M. (2016, June), Effective Building and Development of Student Teamwork Using Personality Types in Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26902

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