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Evaluating the quality of learning-team processes in medical education: development and validation of a new measure

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Thompson B, Levine R, Kennedy F, Naik A, Foldes C, Coverdale J, Kelly` P, Parmalee D, Richards B, Haidet P. Evaluating the quality of learning-team processes in medical education: development and validation of a new measure. Academic Medicine. 2009;84(10):S124-127.

Background: Measurement of the quality of team processes in medical education, particularly in classroom-based teaching settings, has been limited by a lack of measurement instruments. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to develop and test an instrument to measure the quality of team interactions. Method: The authors created 30 items and reduced these to 18 items using factor analysis. They distributed the scale to 309 second-year medical students (RR = 95%) in a course that used teams and measured internal consistency, validity, and differences in scores between teams. Results: Cronbach’s alpha for the scale was 0.97. Team ratings were variable, with a mean score of 95.7 (SD 8.5) out of 108. Team Performance Scale (TPS) scores correlated inversely with the spread of peer evaluation scores (r = -0.38, P =0.003). Differences between teams were statistically significant (P =.001, η2 =0.33). Conclusions: The TPS was short, had evidence of reliability and validity, and exhibited the capacity to distinguish between teams. This instrument can provide a measure of the quality of team interactions. More work is needed to provide further evidence of validity and generalizability.

Online at: http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/fulltext/2009/10001/evaluating_the_quality_of_learning_team_processes.32.aspx

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English

Type of Publication:

Journal article

Keywords:

medical education, team performance, team learning processes

Addresses these goal(s):

  • Provide training for team science to team members or students
  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science

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Resource created by Amanda Vogel on 3/24/2011 12:52:11 PM.

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