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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
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ISSN Print: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v5.i4.50
pages 351-363

FACULTY AND STUDENT VIEWS ON ENGINEERING STUDENT TEAM EFFECTIVENESS

Patricia F. Mead
Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
D. Moore
Continuous Quality Improvement, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
M. Natishan
Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
L. Schmidt
Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
Shirley Vining Brown
Computer Science, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
C. Lathan
Biomedical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
I. Goswami
Civil Engineering, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
S. Mouring
Ocean and Marine Engineering, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

ABSTRACT

Recent emphasis on the use of teams in the engineering curriculum has increased interaction and collaborative aspects of the learning process for engineering students and faculty. However, a corresponding emphasis on preparation for students and faculty has not occurred. The transition from individual learning in a customized environment to learning in a group environment can be challenging, even in a homogeneous team atmosphere. This process is even more complex against a backdrop of diversity, including communication style and learning style differences. This article presents results from a series of interviews and focus groups of engineering faculty and students regarding the use of teams in their courses and the benefits and challenges they believe are a direct outcome of team-oriented approaches in engineering. The results reveal training deficiencies in effective practices for team-oriented activities, and large inconsistencies in the experiences of students across disciplines.


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