Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Assessing Teamwork

Teamwork I'm in the middle of a big team work evaluation right now, so the title of this paper immediately grabbed my attention. The Team-Q tool described looks very good, although sadly it remains the case that the procedures involved are still too cumbersome for easy widespread adoption.

Oh, and then there's the whole business of student "satisfaction". Team assessment? Students hate it.

Assessing teamwork in undergraduate education: a measurement tool to evaluate individual teamwork skills. (2015): Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, doi: 10.1080/02602938.2015.1116497
Effective teamwork skills are essential for success in an increasingly team-based workplace. However, research suggests that there is often confusion concerning how teamwork is measured and assessed, making it difficult to develop these skills in undergraduate curricula. The goal of the present study was to develop a sustainable tool for assessing individual teamwork skills, with the intention of refining and measuring these skills over time. The TeamUp rubric was selected as the preliminary standardised measure of teamwork and tested in a second year undergraduate course (Phase One). Although the tool displayed acceptable psychometric properties, there was concern that it was too lengthy, compromising student completion. This prompted refinement and modification leading to the development of the Team-Q, which was again tested in the same undergraduate course (Phase Two). The new tool had high internal consistency, as well as conceptual similarity to other measures of teamwork. Estimates of inter-rater reliability were within a satisfactory range, although it was determined that logistical issues limited the feasibility of external evaluations. Preliminary evidence suggests that teamwork skills improve over time when taught and assessed, providing support for the continued application of the Team-Q as a tool for developing teamwork skills in undergraduate education.

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