Not all student teams are created equal. Some manage to produce excellent engineering results, others fabricate it. Social interactions in some teams are respectful, while on other teams some members expect others to carry the load, but take credit for it later. With engineering teamwork becoming more prevalent on engineering campuses, knowing more about student design teams that work is especially important. This article uses two teamwork cases from a large-scale ethnographic study of an engineering design program to describe not only the ways that student engineers practiced design teamwork, but also how campus culture reached into social interactions between teammates via engineering identities produced on campus.
Tonso, Karen L. 1; Affiliation: 1: College of Education Wayne State University; Source Info: Jan2006, Vol. 95 Issue 1, p25; Subject Term: TEAMS in the workplace; Subject Term: ENGINEERING design; Subject Term: ENGINEERING -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: ENGINEERING ethics; Subject Term: PROFESSIONAL ethics; Subject Term: EDUCATIONAL anthropology; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Author-Supplied Keyword: design engineering; Author-Supplied Keyword: engineering ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: gender relations; Author-Supplied Keyword: teamwork; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541330 Engineering Services; Number of Pages: 13p; Illustrations: 2 Charts; Document Type: Article