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Student teams negotiate many aspects of collaboration, including deadlines, meeting times, and expectations. In this student-directed project, participants (n=119) of varying technical backgrounds were surveyed as to their interpretations of ambiguous teamwork-relevant phrases. Participants were given a prompt about a typical situation encountered in student teams regarding ambiguous language and were asked to infer what this piece of language meant. This mixed-methods study investigates whether there are demographic differences regarding interpretation of ambiguous team-based language. The demographic groups that we found had the biggest differences in interpretation of ambiguous phrases were by age and experience. That is, there were significant differences in interpretation between students and non-students, and between participants aged 18-24 and participants older than 24. Differences by gender and race did not reach the level of statistical significance.
Strehl, E. A., & Fowler, R. (2020, June), When Teams Misunderstand: Ambiguous Language and Teamwork Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35507
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