Effects of the meetings-flow approach on quality teamwork in the training of software capstone projects

Chung Yang Chen, Ya Chun Hong, Pei Chi Chen

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Abstract

Software development relies heavily on teamwork; determining how to streamline this collaborative development is an essential training subject in computer and software engineering education. A team process known as the meetings-flow (MF) approach has recently been introduced in software capstone projects in engineering programs at various institutions. In undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curricula that emphasize team- and project-based learning, the MF approach serves as a macro-level instructional tool to guide students in holistically designing and directing collaborative project development. Previous studies on MF have shown the technical benefits of monitoring student work and product quality. This study investigated the approach further, from the perspective of team management. The effects of MF were examined through an experiment with team-related hypotheses. The results revealed that MF significantly enhances a team's communication and coordination and balances members' contributions by giving mutual support and effort. It has relatively less influence, however, on student team cohesion.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6762899
Pages (from-to)201-208
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Education
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

Keywords

  • Capstone projects
  • computer engineering education
  • experiment
  • meetings-flow (MF)
  • teamwork quality
  • undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program

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