INCREASING TEAM PROFICIENCY THROUGH TRAINING 5. TEAM LEARNING AS A FUNCTION OF MEMBER LEARNING CHARACTERISTICS AND PRACTICE CONDITIONS.
AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH PITTSBURGH PA TEAM TRAINING LAB
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This study investigated the effects of variations in team member characteristics and team practice conditions on the rate at which a team response is acquired and extinguished. The variables investigated included a the average response proficiency attained by individual team members at the time the team was formed, b the rate at which this level of member proficiency was attained during individual practice, c the degree of homogeneity in proficiency among the members comprising a given team, and d the extent of delay between the completion of individual learning and the initiation of team training. Each of the 28 teams studied was organized in a modified series arrangement so that all three members had to be correct for a team reinforcement to occur. Of the variables studied, only the proficiency level of the members at the initiation of team training was a determinant of the rate of team acquisition or team extinction. Supplemental analyses, however, revealed several differences in the course of learning, aside from rate, which were attributable to the other variables. Author