The Impact of Team Skills Training on the Expression of Intrapersonal Collaboration Readiness Factors
Campbell K, Stackpoole K. The Impact of Team Skills Training on the Expression of Intrapersonal Collaboration Readiness Factors. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 13, 2017. Training for Team Science- Developing Team Science Competencies. Online at: http://www.scienceofteamscience.org/2017-agenda.
Scientists are not traditionally trained to engage in
collaborative research. Consequently, team skills
training may be useful for an organization interested in
increasing the competencies of researchers engaging
in collaboration. As effective scientific teams share a
number of competencies, including self-and-others
awareness, communication, and team processes such
as role clarification, these would be logical to include as
part of an evidence-based team skills training program.
Additionally, it has been stated that team member
expression of intrapersonal collaboration readiness
factors (CRFs), such as methodological flexibility,
cooperative spirit, inclusiveness, and a positive attitude
towards collaboration, can influence the outcome of
collaborative research. However, there are no currently
published data on the impact of training on expression
of intrapersonal CRFs. Therefore, the purpose of this
study was to explore the impact of a team skills training
workshop on participant expression of CRFs.
Sixteen biomedical researchers who regularly
participate in collaborative research at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital were
enrolled in a five-hour team skills training workshop
focusing on self-and-others awareness, communication,
and team processes. Participants were given a preworkshop
survey designed to measure expression
of the four intrapersonal CRFs mentioned above.
Immediately following completion of the workshop,
participants were administered an identical postworkshop
survey. A paired t-test was used to analyze
changes between pre-and-post workshop survey
responses. The data showed a statistically significant
increase (p=0.03) in the expression of at least one CRF
by participants following the workshop. Unexpectedly,
the study also identified a population of researchers
who expressed a high-level of collaboration readiness
prior to training.
Understanding this exciting population of researchers
primed to engage in collaborative research is of
importance for the SciTS field. Additional research
to study the frequency and potential impact of this
significant population is recommended.
Type of Publication:
scits 2017 conference, presentation, intrapersonal collaboration factors
Addresses these goal(s):
- Provide training for team science to team members or students
- Conduct research on/evaluate team science
Resource created by Jane Hwang on 10/3/2017 12:02:57 PM.