Teams assessing teams: How assessment is affected by team member personality traits

Steven K. Ayer, Gretchen A. Macht, Robert M. Leicht, David A. Nembhard

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Abstract

In architectural and civil engineering design, effective team collaboration is critical to creating functional built environments. To prepare future engineers for careers involving collaboration, this research paired first-year engineering students with similar extraversion five-factor model scores in dyads to complete an introductory bridge design project. To understand the benefits of this type of pairing, 29 teams were tasked with designing and constructing popsicle stick bridges using data collected over several semesters. During the project, students completed a peer review activity in which one team attempted to build and subsequently generate feedback about another team's design. Every dyad had an opportunity to generate feedback for another design, as well as receive feedback about their design. The students completed pretest and post-test assessments to provide their perceptions about their own designs before and after this prototyping activity. The analysis focused on the dynamics of team agreement regarding perceptions of the design and documentation. The paper finds correlations of openness and agreeableness to shifts in perception of performance in the design. Correlations also were found related to these factors, as well as conscientiousness for perception shifts related to documentation tasks. The findings of this research generally align with related prior works and illustrate how team personality traits can be tied to the way that the same type of formative feedback can be received differently by students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2014
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction in a Global Network - Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages349-358
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780784413517
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 Construction Research Congress: Construction in a Global Network, CRC 2014 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: May 19 2014May 21 2014

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2014: Construction in a Global Network - Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress

Other

Other2014 Construction Research Congress: Construction in a Global Network, CRC 2014
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period5/19/145/21/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction

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    Ayer, S. K., Macht, G. A., Leicht, R. M., & Nembhard, D. A. (2014). Teams assessing teams: How assessment is affected by team member personality traits. In Construction Research Congress 2014: Construction in a Global Network - Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress (pp. 349-358). (Construction Research Congress 2014: Construction in a Global Network - Proceedings of the 2014 Construction Research Congress). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784413517.0036