Enhancing teamwork in complex environments through team training

Group Dyn. 1997 Jun;1(2):169-82.


Although the importance of team training has become widely recognized, research is needed to more clearly understand what instructional strategies actually lead to enhanced teamwork and performance. This research incorporates a theoretical framework, based on the work of J.A. Cannon-Bowers, S.I. Tannenbaum, E. Salas, and C.E. Volpe (1995), to guide the systematic development of training that targeted specific team competencies (i.e., knowledge, skills, and attitudes). The theoretically designed training was delivered to 42 male aviators from an undergraduate naval aviation community. A comprehensive evaluation of this training was conducted using a multiple-measurement approach. Results provide strong support for the effectiveness of this team training in improving critical team competencies.

MeSH terms

  • Aerospace Medicine
  • Aircraft / instrumentation
  • Assertiveness
  • Aviation / education*
  • Awareness
  • Communication
  • Computer Simulation
  • Ergonomics
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Group Processes*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training / methods*
  • Male
  • Military Personnel / education
  • Military Personnel / psychology*
  • Task Performance and Analysis
  • United States