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Influences on Variability of Perceptions of Behavior on Student Engineering Project Teams

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Mentoring Practices and Project Teams

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Educational Research and Methods

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Emily Miller University of Virginia

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Emily Miller is a graduate student in Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia. She has previously worked for the National Integrated Cyber Education and Research Center and as a researcher at the University of Virginia, Olin College of Engineering and Ohio State. Her research interests include motivation, expertise recognition, and teamwork.

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Reid Bailey University of Virginia

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Reid Bailey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia. He holds a BSE from Duke University and an MSME and PhD from Georgia Tech, all in mechanical engineering. His professional interests include engineering design, engineering education, and the environment.

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This research paper aims to further characterize perceptions of intra-group team behaviors on undergraduate engineering project teams identified in prior work as counterproductive. Better understanding negative intra-group behaviors and sources of variance underlying them will provide a foundation for educators to help students learn successful teaming strategies. It may also help instructors take steps to decrease the likelihood of being faced with these student behaviors in the future. There are a wide variety of negative behaviors that undergraduate students may exhibit as members of engineering project teams. A prior study using interviews of students revealed eleven types of team behaviors that are perceived as undesirable by one’s peers, including a perceived lack of experience/skills, failure to prioritize the project, and failure to take initiative. Beliefs held by one individual about another team member’s overall contributions to the project may not be held by other teammates. These perceptions can be driven by the attributes of the judger, the individual being judged, the relationship between the two, and/or the group at large. The current study utilizes a newly developed survey of student-reported team experiences in terms of these eleven behaviors. A Social Relations Model will be used to determine how the variance in the eleven observed behavioral dimensions is distributed. Data has been collected from 47 teams and 89 individuals.

Miller, E., & Bailey, R. (2018, June), Influences on Variability of Perceptions of Behavior on Student Engineering Project Teams Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30660

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