ERIC Number: EJ925587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Developing and Assessing College Student Teamwork Skills
Hughes, Richard L.; Jones, Steven K.
New Directions for Institutional Research, n149 p53-64 Spr 2011
Some form of team-oriented work is employed in most, if not all, organizations today. It would seem, then, that an important role for higher education should involve developing critical teamwork skills among students so as to prepare them for success in life. This very point was highlighted in a 2009 poll conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), in which 71 percent of employers said they wanted colleges to place greater emphasis on "teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings." Many studies, in fact, have identified teamwork as one of the most valued and necessary skills among college graduates. This article describes research on team member contributions to overall team effectiveness, and various applications of this research to developing and assessing teamwork by students on team and group projects and assignments.
Descriptors: Teamwork, College Students, Cooperation, Skill Development, Group Activities, Role of Education, College Graduates, Job Skills, Undergraduate Study
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Education Level: Higher Education
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