Practical Method of Improving the Teamwork of Engineering Students Using Team Contracts to Minimize Conflict Situations

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Title: Practical Method of Improving the Teamwork of Engineering Students Using Team Contracts to Minimize Conflict Situations
Authors: Pertegal-Felices, María Luisa | Fuster-Guilló, Andrés | Rico Soliveres, María Luisa | Azorin-Lopez, Jorge | Jimeno-Morenilla, Antonio
Research Group/s: Investigación en Inteligencias, Competencia Social y Educación (SOCEDU) | Habilidades, Competencias e Instrucción | Informática Industrial y Redes de Computadores | Tecnología Informática Avanzada - Seguridad Legal | UniCAD: Grupo de investigación en CAD/CAM/CAE de la Universidad de Alicante
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y Didáctica | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Tecnología Informática y Computación
Keywords: Didactics of engineering | Team work | Conflict management | Academic performance
Knowledge Area: Didáctica y Organización Escolar | Arquitectura y Tecnología de Computadores
Issue Date: 13-May-2019
Publisher: IEEE
Citation: IEEE Access. 2019, 7: 65083-65092. doi:10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2916343
Abstract: Educational models are incorporating methodologies to train students in teamwork skills in response to companies’ information technology (IT) requirements. Conflict management is the key to effective teamwork. This paper proposes a method to improve students’ organization, teamwork, and conflict management skills. This method consists of brief training on leadership and management styles, with minimal extra work, followed by the signing of team contracts that outline group rules, and promoting the assumption of responsibilities. The experimental results showed that this method reduced conflict rates, improved group communication and indirectly improved satisfaction, and responsibility and motivation in work groups. Consequently, students’ overall academic performance improved, both as a group and as individuals.
ISSN: 2169-3536
DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2916343
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2019 IEEE. Translations and content mining are permitted for academic research only. Personal use is also permitted, but republication/redistribution requires IEEE permission.
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