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  Session: Research on Teamwork
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Using Reflection to Assess Perceptions of Teamwork in Undergraduate Seminar
  Meeting: 2015 Summer Meeting: College Park, Maryland
  Location: N/A
  Time: 3:10PM
  Author: Kevin A. Nguyen, Texas Tech University
4692698435, kevin.a.nguyen@ttu.edu
  Co-Author(s): Weile Yan, Beth Thacker
  Abstract: Students entering college have perceptions about what effective teamwork and communication should look like, and it is then important to initially gauge their ideas about teamwork and communication in order to correct any misconceptions or incorrect notions. Reflection can be a tool to assess students’ perceptions and beliefs about effective teamwork and communication. Undergraduate STEM students at a four-year university are asked to perform a challenging team-based marshmallow activity. Students are then prompted to reflect on their experience and are explicitly asked how well their team did and to provide feedback on improvement. Some common themes from the reflection include: not enough involvement, leadership issues, and need to improve listening skills. Students are able to correctly discuss what effective teamwork and communication should look like, and the themes provide specific areas to work on moving forward. The marshmallow activity appears to prompt reflection and discussion on teamwork.
  Footnotes: *Sponsored by AAPT Member Dr. Beth Thacker (Texas Tech University).
  Presentation: AAPT Assessing Reflection and Teamwork.pdf

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