Towards a Multidisciplinary Teamwork Training Series for Undergraduate Engineering Students: Development and Assessment of Two First-year Workshops

TitleTowards a Multidisciplinary Teamwork Training Series for Undergraduate Engineering Students: Development and Assessment of Two First-year Workshops
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHurst, A., E. Jobidon, A. Prier, T. Khaniyev, C. Rennick, R. Al-Hammoud, C. Hulls, J. Grove, S. Mohamed, S. Johnson, and S. Bedi
Conference Name2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
Date Publishedjun
PublisherASEE Conferences
Conference LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
AbstractTeams have become the default work structure in organizations; thus, in work settings that emphasize teamwork, employees must have knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to communicate and coordinate with their colleagues. Yet, teamwork skills are rarely “taught” in engineering curricula; in fact, compared to business representatives, university educators have been found to underestimate the value of teamwork KSAs. Instead, students are expected to develop teamwork and leadership skills via a sink-or-swim approach where they are assigned group work and left to perform as they can. Often, these poor teamwork experiences combined with the lack of training and opportunities for guided reflection lead to students disliking working in groups, impacting not just the cognitive but also the affective domain of learning.
URLhttp://peer.asee.org/27065
DOI10.18260/p.27065