2019 FYEE Conference

Comparing Teamwork Peer Evaluations Between Culturally Homogenous Teams and Culturally Diverse Teams

Presented at M2B: Learning in teams

This Teaching and Learning Experiences in Engineering Education work-in-progress paper examines cultural influences on engineering student teamwork and peer assessment behavior. Teamwork skills are considered an important competency of engineering students and a learning objective of ABET. Students from all over the world come to developed countries like the U.S., U.K., and Australia for their college education and more than one fifth of these students major in engineering disciplines. These non-domestic or international students possess unique cultures and their unique cultures potentially impact their cross-cultural interactions. For example, working in a team context often requires communication and collaborative behavior with team members. If these cultural differences influence team interactions, they potentially impact a team’s engineering problem solving and design processes and their teamwork peer assessment behavior. In this research study we focus on the teamwork and peer assessment behavior of a large sample of first year engineering students from China, India and South Korea [T3] as compared to domestic [U.S.] students both matriculating in a large Midwestern U.S. engineering program. Our Research questions is: do teams of four students containing one or more T3 students have, on average, different peer rating behavior and comment pattern from teams containing only domestic students?

  1. Mr. Siqing Wei Orcid 16x16http://orcid.org/https://0000-0002-7086-5953 Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering) [biography]
  2. Dr. Matthew W. Ohland Orcid 16x16http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4052-1452 Purdue University-Main Campus, West Lafayette (College of Engineering) [biography]
  3. Dr. Daniel M. Ferguson Purdue University at West Lafayette (COE) [biography]
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