An Approach to Educating Team Work
When students are working as a team in a project, there is always a temptation to contribute less to the work and yet receive the same credit for the project. This phenomenon is often called free-riding. Free-riding sometimes occurs in a team-project-based design class. Free-riding may interfere with a team working environment and may lead to poor performance of the team. In order to reduce the free-riding problem, the authors used a repeated prisoner's dilemma game in a pilot experiment to explore if it is possible to educate students the benefit of contributing to their projects. The authors used grades in the payoff matrix of the game to simulate an academic environment.
S. Takai and N. K. Veluru, "An Approach to Educating Team Work," Proceedings of DETC/CIE 2006 ASME 2006 Intl Design Engineering & Computers and Information in Engineering Conferences September 2006, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA (DETC2006), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Jan 2006.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Free-Riding; Grade; Repeated Prisoner Dilemma Game; Team; Team Project
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Article - Conference proceedings
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