Teamwork

Overview


In Texas the teamwork core objective (TW) is defined as including:

the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal

The assessment of Team Work is required in three foundational component areas

  • Communication
  • Life and Physical Sciences
  • Creative Arts

Examples From Across Texas


Additional Resources


In April 2016, LEAP Texas hosted a twitter week-long event dedicated to teamwork and the sharing of experiences and resources:

VALUE Rubrics


The Teamwork VALUE Rubric defines teamwork as:

Behaviors under the control of individual team members (effort they put into team tasks, their manner of interacting with others on team, and the quantity and quality of contributions they make to team discussions.)

The rubric enables assessment across a number teamwork aspects:

  • Contributions to team meetings
  • Facilitating the contributions of team members
  • Individual contributions outside of team meetings
  • Fostering constructive team climate
  • Responding to conflict

Two characteristics define the ways in which this rubric has been designed to be used.

  1. The rubric is meant to assess the teamwork of an individual student, not the team as a whole. Therefore, it is possible for a student to receive high ratings, even if the team as a whole is rather flawed. Similarly, a student could receive low ratings, even if the team as a whole works fairly well.

  2. The rubric is designed to measure the quality of a process, rather than the quality of an end product. As a result, work samples or collections of work will need to include some evidence of the individual’s interactions within the team. The final product of the team’s work (e.g., a written lab report) is insufficient, as it does not provide insight into the functioning of the team.

It is recommended that work samples or collections of work for this outcome come from one or more of the following three sources:

  1. students’ own reflections about their contribution to a team’s functioning

  2. evaluation or feedback from fellow team members about students’ contribution to the team’s functioning

  3. the evaluation of an outside observer regarding students’ contributions to a team’s functioning.

These three sources differ considerably in the resource demands they place on an institution. It is recommended that institutions using this rubric consider carefully the resources they are able to allocate to the assessment of teamwork and choose a means of compiling work samples or collections of work that best suits their priorities, needs, and abilities.

Find out more about VALUE Rubrics.