Developing teamwork in a multidisciplinary, multicohort curricular context: a case study of vertically integrated projects

Gosia Mitka, Shruti Narayanswamy, Ian Smith

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Abstract

The ability to work effectively in a diverse team is a valuable skill which is transferable to many contexts. As such, it is important to build this skill through deliberate, targeted, and meaningful learning activities in higher education. The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) model enhances team diversity by combining students from different disciplines and years of study to work together on a research project within the curriculum. Additionally, VIP provides the option to remain on the project for an extended period over several semesters and gain team leadership experience. Our research investigates the recent implementation of VIP at the University of St Andrews. Using a survey of student perceptions and analysis of student reflective writing, this case study reports evidence that the VIP model adds value to the development of teamwork skills.
Original languageEnglish
Article number14
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of University Teaching & Learning Practice
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2023

Keywords

  • Higher education
  • Graduate attributes
  • Collaborative research
  • Teamwork
  • Teamwork skills
  • Transferable skills
  • Interdiscplinary

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