Pharmacy Practice Faculty Publications

Title

Evaluation of Student Expectations of Team Members and Teamwork

Document Type

Abstract

Publication Date

6-2014

Journal Title

American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Volume

78

Issue

5

First Page

96

Article Number

111

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.5688/ajpe785111

Abstract

Objectives: Professional schools are starting to incorporate pre-set teams into the curriculum for group projects to prepare students for future teamwork in the practice setting. The objective is to evaluate changes in perceptions about expectations of team members and whether preconceived notions affect perceived team function.

Method: Students were assigned to teams to achieve diversity after considering demographics (e.g. ethnicity, gender), personality type, learning styles, and StrengthsFinder® data. P1 and P2 students completed an instrument (5-point Likert-type, strongly-agree to strongly-disagree) assessing 1) expectations and perceptions of team members (14 items) pre- and post-fall semester and 2) perceptions of teamwork (8 items) post-fall semester. Descriptive statistics and paired t-tests were performed.

Results: Students (N=236) completed the instruments. Student perceptions of team member expectations showed significant results in 7 of 14 questions (p

Implications: Working together in a team setting allows students the opportunity to modify their perceptions of others and of teamwork. Experiencing teamwork in the school setting can prepare students to be successful in future patient care teams.

Keywords

Teamwork, student expectations, pharmacy practice