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Examining the Cultural Influence on Peer Ratings of Teammates between International and Domestic Students

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

International Division Technical Session 2

Tagged Division

International

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Diversity

Page Count

15

DOI

10.18260/1-2--32780

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https://peer.asee.org/32780

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97

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Siqing Wei Purdue University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-7086-5953

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Siqing Wei received bachelor degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He is in the dual program to obtain master degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Ph.D degree in Engineering Education at Purdue University. After years of experience of serving a peer teacher and a graduate teaching assistant in first year engineering courses, he is now interested in study of the existence, cause and interventions on international engineers' teaming behaviors.

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Daniel M. Ferguson Purdue University

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Daniel M. Ferguson is CATME Managing Director and the recipient of several NSF awards for research in engineering education and a research associate at Purdue University. Prior to coming to Purdue he was Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ohio Northern University. Before assuming that position he was Associate Director of the Inter-Professional Studies Program [IPRO] and Senior Lecturer at Illinois Institute of Technology and involved in research in service learning, assessment processes and interventions aimed at improving learning objective attainment. Prior to his University assignments he was the Founder and CEO of The EDI Group, Ltd. and The EDI Group Canada, Ltd, independent professional services companies specializing in B2B electronic commerce and electronic data interchange. The EDI Group companies conducted syndicated market research, offered educational seminars and conferences and published The Journal of Electronic Commerce. He was also a Vice President at the First National Bank of Chicago [now J.P. Morgan Chase], where he founded and managed the bank’s market leading professional Cash Management Consulting Group, initiated the bank’s non-credit service product management organization and profit center profitability programs and was instrumental in the breakthrough EDI/EFT payment system implemented by General Motors. Dr. Ferguson is a graduate of Notre Dame, Stanford and Purdue Universities, a special edition editor of the Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship and a member of Tau Beta Pi.

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Matthew W. Ohland Purdue University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4052-1452

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Matthew W. Ohland is Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has degrees from Swarthmore College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Florida. His research on the longitudinal study of engineering students, team assignment, peer evaluation, and active and collaborative teaching methods has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation and his team received Best Paper awards from the Journal of Engineering Education in 2008 and 2011 and from the IEEE Transactions on Education in 2011 and 2015. Dr. Ohland is an ABET Program Evaluator for ASEE. He was the 2002–2006 President of Tau Beta Pi and is a Fellow of the ASEE, IEEE, and AAAS.

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Behzad Beigpourian Purdue University

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Behzad Beigpourian is a Ph.D. student and Research Assistant in Engineering Education at Purdue University. He earned his master’s in Structural Engineering from Shahid Chamran University in Iran, and his bachelor’s in Civil Technical Teacher from Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University in Iran, Tehran. He has been official Technical Teacher at Ministry of Education in Iran from 2007 to 2018, and received many certificate in education such as Educational Planning, Developing Research Report, and Understanding School Culture. Mr. Beigpourian currently works in the CATME project, which is NSF funding project, on optimizing teamwork skills and assessing the quality of Peer Evaluations.

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Abstract

Effective teamwork behaviors are considered critical by employers hiring engineers and globally diverse teams have become intertwined in many technical endeavors. Complicating the use or development of team skills in this environment, ethnic and cultural differences influence team interactions and their measurement. This work is an exploratory study of the influence of cultural differences in peer ratings in first-year engineering students in a large Midwestern University. Our analysis applied one of Hofstede’s culture dimensions: Individualism vs collectivism to separate students into different intervention groups. We then examined peer rating data for teams with and without international students as team members. We found significant differences in peer rating behavior among international vs. U.S. domestic students in three CATME dimensions: Contributing to team’s work, interacting with teammates and expecting quality. These findings will guide further quantitative and qualitative research and the potentially the development of interventions that could mitigate the ethnic and cultural influences on peer ratings and teamwork behavior.

Wei, S., & Ferguson, D. M., & Ohland, M. W., & Beigpourian, B. (2019, June), Examining the Cultural Influence on Peer Ratings of Teammates between International and Domestic Students Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32780

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