Effectiveness of techniques to develop and assess the teamwork skills of first-year engineering students

Jean Carlos Batista Abreu, Elizabethtown College
Brenda Read-Daily, Elizabethtown College


This Complete Evidence-Based Practice paper explores the advantages and impact of techniques used to improve teamwork in an introduction to engineering course. The main goal of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of methods used to develop and assess teamwork skills based on student performance and perception. This study integrates, interprets and contrasts quantitative and qualitative data obtained through a mixed-methods approach. Results indicate that students' attitudes toward teamwork and their perceptions of their own teamwork skills improved over the semester.