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Enhancing Teaming Skills In Engineering Management Students Through The Use Of The Effective Team Player Training Program (Etp Tp)

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



Conference Session

Project Management and Team Issues

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9.567.1 - 9.567.21



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Bianey Ruiz Ulloa

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Stephanie Adams

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Enhancing teaming skills in engineering management students through the use of the Effective Team Player – Training Program (ETP-TP) Bianey C. Ruiz Ulloa – M.S., Stephanie Adams - PhD University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Recent trends in business have pointed to teamwork as an important tool for achieving success in the workplace. This has motivated organizations to start looking for teaming skills in new employees 1,2,3,4. Although employers may be willing to provide on the job training, they expect that their new employees, at least, possess the understanding of why this skill is important in the organization 5.

For this reason accreditation boards at the collegiate level such as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the Accounting Education Change Commission (AECC), and the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO), among others, are requiring higher education institutions to introduce teamwork activities into their curriculums 6,7,8.

Collaborative learning, cooperative learning and other forms of active learning are being used in classrooms as ways to promote teamwork among students and enhance their learning. Studies on these approaches, as well as on the use of groups in classroom prove that trying to incorporate teams into the classroom is a highly complex task 9. The many elements involved in the process of introducing teaming to a classroom setting, make such incorporation even more difficult. Furthermore, when it has not been well managed it has generated in both students and teachers negative attitude toward teamwork discouraging them from the continued using of teams in the classroom 10, 11.

Research on the use of cooperative and collaborative learning as well as research studying the impact of the team approach on performance and attitudes toward teamwork, has been conducted on groups of people with little or no previous training on teams. Studies on team training have been focused on internal team process rather than on the importance of team members consciously understanding what a real team means, and how team members can manage the process of teaming. These authors believe that when team members consciously understand the real meaning of being a team player and how to manage the many variables present during the process of teaming, it is possible that they will be able to succeed in any team situation.

In order to achieve this understanding, a structured training program, the Effective Team Player (ETP)-Training Program (TP), has been developed and is currently being applied on engineering management students at the University of Nebraska. The ETP-TP is allowing students to understand the difference between teams and groups, barriers and

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright @ 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Ruiz Ulloa, B., & Adams, S. (2004, June), Enhancing Teaming Skills In Engineering Management Students Through The Use Of The Effective Team Player Training Program (Etp Tp) Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13424

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