ERIC Number: EJ1136071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Project Teams: Understanding Team Process through an Examination of Leadership Practices and Team Culture
Weeks, Penny Pennington; Kelsey, Kathleen D.
Journal of Leadership Education, v6 n1 p209-225 Win 2007
Student-led project-based teams are widely used by faculty but do we really understand the process that students experience as a result of participating in a team? This study sought to understand the team process by examining leadership practices exhibited by assigned leaders and their team culture. Using a mixed-methods case study design it was found that students perceived team leaders to be strongest in the leadership practice-enable others to act described as fostering collaboration and sharing power and weakest in the leadership practice-encourage the heart described as recognizing individual contributions and celebrating team successes. Two of the teams were identified as a clan culture and the third team was determined to be a market culture. It was recommended that instructors who use teams to enrich learning examine the relationship between specific team cultures and enhanced team performance.
Descriptors: Teamwork, Student Projects, Cooperative Learning, Student Leadership, Leadership Styles, Case Studies, Mixed Methods Research, Student Attitudes, Graduate Students, Student Surveys, Measures (Individuals), Likert Scales, Interviews
Association of Leadership Educators. e-mail: Jole@aged.tamu.edu; Web site: http://leadershipeducators.org/page-1014283
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Leadership Practices Inventory
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A