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Title: Team learning: Building shared mental models
Authors: Van den Bossche, Piet
Gijselaers, Wim
Segers, Mien
Woltjer, Geert
Kirschner, Paul A.
Keywords: Team learning
Shared mental model
Shared cognition
Cognitive mapping
Issue Date: 4-Nov-2010
Abstract: To gain insight in the social processes that underlie knowledge sharing in teams, this article questions which team learning behaviors lead to the construction of a shared mental model. Additionally, it explores how the development of shared mental models mediates the relation between team learning behaviors and team effectiveness. Analyses were performed on student-teams engaged in a business simulation game. The measurement of shared mental models was based on cognitive mapping techniques. The results indicate that a team learning perspective provides insight in how people share knowledge. Particularly the team learning behaviors identified as co-construction and constructive conflict are related to the development of shared mental models. In addition, a shared mental model of the task environment in a team leads to improved performance. This underscores the importance of developing shared cognition in teamwork.
Description: Van den Bossche, P., Gijselaers, W., Segers, M., Woltjer, G., & Kirschner, P. A. (2010, on line). Team learning: Building shared mental models. Instructional Science. doi:10.1007/s11251-010-9128-3.
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