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Bad attitudes: Why design students dislike teamwork

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posted on 2016-01-01, 00:00 authored by Richard TuckerRichard Tucker, Neda Abbasi

Positive experiences of teamwork in design contexts significantly improve students’ satisfaction with teaching and their attitudes towards future teamwork. Thus, an understanding of the factors leading to negative and positive team experiences can inform strategies to support effective teamwork. This paper examines design students’ perceptions and experiences of teamwork. Three sources of qualitative data were analysed: a pilot survey completed by 198 design students in four institutions; five focus groups with 23 students; and a national survey completed by 417 students from 18 Australian universities. Students were from a range of design disciplines, with the majority studying architecture. The findings provide insights into issues and challenges of learning how to design in teamwork contexts, in particular the importance of adopting strategies to promote individual accountability within a team and ensuring fair assessment that acknowledges levels of individual contributions. The paper concludes with recommendations for teachers.

History

Journal

JOURNAL OF LEARNING DESIGN

Volume

9

Issue

1

Pagination

1 - 20

Publisher

QUEENSLAND UNIV TECHNOLOGY

ISSN

1832-8342

eISSN

1832-8342

Language

English

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, The Authors