June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Educational Research and Methods
This research full paper investigates that to what extent the psychological safety can predict conflict and cohesion in teams. Background The primary goal for engineering instructors after forming teams is increasing the effectiveness of teamwork. They want all students participate in the projects, learn from the project, and bring their idea into teams. This effectiveness depends on team dynamics. Whereas faculty have used several team outcomes to monitor team dynamics, psychological safety appears to be a useful but underused measurement. Purpose/Hypothesis This study measured the relationship between psychological safety and other teamwork outcomes such as team’s conflict, and the team's cohesion. If they are related, psychological safety can be used as an early warning of team dysfunction. Design/Method We used simple linear regression to find out to what extent the conflict and cohesion can be explained by psychological safety. We conducted two set of simple linear regressions. The first regression was related to the individual’s scores and the second regression was for team’s average scores. Results Psychological safety significantly predicted conflict and cohesion both in individual-level and team-level. Feeling more psychological safety significantly increase cohesion and decrease the conflict. Conclusions Psychological safety is a very promising measure of team dynamics, and we suggest using it to identify dysfunctional teams with low cohesion and high conflict.
Beigpourian, B., & Luchini, F., & Ohland, M. W., & Ferguson, D. M. (2019, June), Psychological Safety as an Effective Measurement in Engineering Classrooms Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33214
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