New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
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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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