Assessing Teaming Skills
The assessment team at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth developed
two instruments that can be administered on paper or on-line. The
tools are the UMD Team Process Check (TPC) and the Team Knowledge
Team Process Check
The TPC is intended to serve as a self-report assessment of a team's
functioning to be administered periodically during the life of a
team. The measure attempts to assess several areas of functioning
such as communication, task management, and decision making. A number
of revisions of the instrument have been made, and reliability and
validity data have been collected in introductory engineering classes.
The bulk of the data have been analyzed and reported together in
an ASEE paper. Additional analyses will be done and additional data
collected in future semesters.
Team Knowledge Test
The TKT is the first draft of a measure intended to assess individual
team members' general knowledge of team issues and concepts. The
TKT has been used as a pre/post measure of team knowledge over a
semester's team experience and before and after the use of team
training material that the developer posted on a Web site and asked
faculty to assign as part of engineering courses.
The developer's intention is that these tools, if validated, can
be incorporated into a continuous improvement process of assessment
and team training.
Contact Dr. Ted Powers, Assistant Professor, Department
of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth