Examining the impact of team dynamics on academic and professional performance: A cross-sectional study at three levels of higher education – Phase 1
This paper represents phase 1 of my study into learning team dynamics and the impacts on personal and professional performance.
This study examined the impact of team dynamics on academic and professional performance through a two-part mixed-methods process. The first part of this process probed the students' ability - and willingness - to quantitatively evaluate the performance of members of their study teams, including a self-evaluation, over the duration of the class as each member’s performance impacted the development and success of a group project. The author analyzed the quantitative data with SPSS to correlate individual and team ratings collected through a peer review process as predictors of team performance on group projects.
The second phase of the team dynamics study will explore the qualitative experience of the team members through a set of open-ended questions that examined the impact of the team dynamic on the students' academic and professional lives. Individual responses to the questions exploring the impact of the team project on personal and professional learning will be analyzed in a Qualitative Data Analysis Software [QDAS] package to develop common themes and patterns from the questionnaire data. The resulting themes, patterns, findings, and conclusions may be useful in designing future team-based projects that improve critical thinking skills, enhance team performances, and produce graduates who are more effective in working with diverse teams in the workplace.
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