Title

An Approach to Educating Team Work

Abstract

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.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Free-Riding; Grade; Repeated Prisoner Dilemma Game; Team; Team Project

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Cooperation

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2006 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), All rights reserved.

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