ERIC Number: ED381578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Measurement of Teamwork Processes Using Computer Simulation. Project 2.1, Designs for Assessing Individual and Group Problem Solving.
O'Neil, Harold F., Jr.
Results of an initial attempt at measuring teamwork processes using computer simulation are presented, focusing on assessing team processes that emerge during the negotiation of a contract. The interaction between team members and how that interaction affects team performance were explored using a computer simulated negotiation. Participants interacted through computers using predetermined messages that were categorized as belonging to five teamwork processes. Tracking the messages gives a picture of teamwork processes. Two pilot studies involving 15 adults established the utility of the approach. Hypotheses that team processes would be positively associated with team performance and time and negatively associated with time-to-agreement and degree of fixed-pie bias were tested with 81 high school students. Results indicate that the measurement can be accomplished in a reasonably reliable and much more time-efficient manner through the computer simulation than through previous approaches. Five appendixes provide supplemental information. Twenty tables and four figures present study findings. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.