Teamwork, Motivational Profiles and Academic Performance in Computer Science Engineering

Perez Martinez, Jorge Enrique and García Martín, Javier and Sierra Alonso, Almudena (2015). Teamwork, Motivational Profiles and Academic Performance in Computer Science Engineering. "IEEE Revista Iberoamericana de Technologías del Aprendizaje", v. 10 (n. 2); pp. 1-8. ISSN 1932-8540. https://doi.org/10.1109/RITA.2015.2418012.

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Title: Teamwork, Motivational Profiles and Academic Performance in Computer Science Engineering
Author/s:
  • Perez Martinez, Jorge Enrique
  • García Martín, Javier
  • Sierra Alonso, Almudena
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: IEEE Revista Iberoamericana de Technologías del Aprendizaje
Date: May 2015
ISSN: 1932-8540
Volume: 10
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Engineering education; teamwork; motivation; generic competences; academic performance
Faculty: E.T.S.I. de Sistemas Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Sistemas Informáticos
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The present work is aimed at discussing several issues related to the teamwork generic competence, motivational profiles and academic performance. In particular, we study the improvement of teamwork attitude, the predominant types of motivation in different contexts and some correlations among these three components of the learning process. The above-mentioned aspects are of great importance. Currently, the professional profile of engineers has a strong teamwork component and the motivational profile of students determines both their tendencies when they come to work as part of a team, as well as their performance at work. Taking these issues into consideration, we suggest four hypotheses: (H1) students improve their teamwork capacity through specific training and carrying out of a set of activities integrated into an active learning process; (H2) students with higher mastery motivation have a better attitude towards teamwork; (H3) students with different types of motivations reach different levels of academic performance; and (H4) students show different motivation profiles in different circumstances: type of courses, teaching methodologies, different times of the learning process. This study was carried out with Computer Science Engineering students from two Spanish universities. The first results point to an improvement in teamwork competence of students if they have previously received specific training in facets of that competence. Other results indicate that there is a correlation between the motivational profiles of students and their perception of teamwork competence. Finally, results point to a clear relationship between some kind of motivation and academic performance. In particular, four kinds of motivation are analyzed and students are classified into two groups according to them. After analyzing several marks obtained in compulsory courses, we perceive that those students that show higher motivation for avoiding failure obtain, in general, worse academic performance.

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Item ID: 35148
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/35148/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:35148
DOI: 10.1109/RITA.2015.2418012
Official URL: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7086318
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 22 Feb 2016 18:46
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 17:15
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