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Student teams, a simulation or a real team experience?The tradition in engineering placed students in teams during their senior year; likely as part of acapstone laboratory or design course. In most cases teams were done on a “pick your ownpartners” basis. Furthermore, no time was spent discussing teamwork, the importance of teams,how teams should be structured or the skill set one needs to be an effective team member. Tosome extent, changes made by ABET to their accreditation criteria in 2000 have forced theengineering community to at least assess student teamwork. This, in turn, has motivated many totake a serious look at teamwork training as part of what they teach. How to structure andprovide real team experiences for students as part of the academic course of study is a subject ofgreat importance. What do students know about teamwork coming in? What is their perceptionof the course-based team experience? Why are student teams frequently dysfunctional? Arecourse-based teams only a simulation or are they in actuality teams? These and other questionshave been explored along with ways to enable effective team-based learning experiences thatindeed help students grow as team members.
Biernacki, J. J. (2011, June), Student Teams: A Simulation or a Real Team Experience? Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18376
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