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A professional identity intervention to take advantage from the diversity within technical student project teams.

Rees, M.R. van (2020) A professional identity intervention to take advantage from the diversity within technical student project teams.

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Abstract:Work in the technical sector is increasingly organized in interdisciplinary teams due to globalized markets and technological changes. Since the organization of work in diverse teams remains challenging, it is important that young professionals learn to work together in an early stage. Therefore, this study created an intervention that aimed to take better advantage of the diversity of international and interdisciplinary student project teams. The intervention identified the professional identities (PI) of the team members and allowed them to reflect together on the PIs in the team. Ultimately, the intervention was expected to increase team learning, team inclusion and team membership self-esteem. In a quasiexperimental study among 605 students (141 teams), data were collected from two online questionnaires to obtain evidence of team learning, team inclusion and team membership selfesteem. A repeated measures ANCOVA showed that the PI intervention had no effect on team inclusion and team membership self-esteem. An ANCOVA revealed that the intervention negatively effected team learning, indicating that, the non-intervention group scored higher on team learning than the intervention group. Further analyses revealed that the intervention had a positive effect on team inclusion for gender diverse teams. Overall, this study concludes that the intervention has no impact in international and interdisciplinary student project teams. In gender diverse teams, the intervention led to increases in team inclusion. Further research should give more attention to discussing team members’ PIs to increase information elaboration and presumably profit from the diversity of international and interdisciplinary student teams.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/83056
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