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Student Work Group/Teams: Current Practices In An Engineering And Technology Curriculum Compared To Models Found In Team Development Literature

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1998 Annual Conference

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 28, 1998

Start Date

June 28, 1998

End Date

July 1, 1998

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2153-5965

Page Count

7

Page Numbers

3.520.1 - 3.520.7

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https://peer.asee.org/7434

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21

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Rob Wolter

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Cliff Goodwin

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Abstract
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Session 1547

Student Work Group/Teams: Current Practices in an Engineering and Technology Curriculum Compared to Models Found in Team Development Literature

Authors Cliff Goodwin, Rob Wolter

Organizational Leadership and Supervision Department Purdue School of Engineering and Technology Indianapolis Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Student Learning Team Members: Renee Branam, Anna Campbell, Dennis Clark, Joyce Parks, Sherry Peitsmeyer

Introduction

This paper presents the findings of a research survey/questionnaire (hereafter referred to as a survey) project conducted by the Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS) Department of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). The survey, distributed to all faculty and students in the school, sought information related to the following topics: formation of teams, frequency of classroom usage, evaluation of team projects, grading of team members, benefits and challenges in the use of teams, and attitudes of professors and students toward the use of teams in the classroom. The survey was effective in producing informative and interesting results.

In addition to the findings, this paper provides a model for appraising any engineering and technology school’s current practices in the use of student work teams and focuses on “best practices” found in team development literature. This information is immediately applicable and valuable to those desiring to improve the outcomes and performance of teams currently operating in classroom situations.

A student learning team consisting of six students and one professor designed the student and faculty surveys. The process was similar to that used in industry and utilized a focus group of students and faculty to design questions intended to discover the perceptions and realities of student work teams. The team members were selected from the OLS Department within the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology and were coached and facilitated by the professor. The professor supervised the research and writing of this paper. The student learning team provided distribution and pick-up of the survey and Scantron© answer forms to all of the school’s departments. Survey answer forms were tabulated, and statistical analysis performed, by the Integrated Technologies Department of the university

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Wolter, R., & Goodwin, C. (1998, June), Student Work Group/Teams: Current Practices In An Engineering And Technology Curriculum Compared To Models Found In Team Development Literature Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. https://peer.asee.org/7434

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