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Team Collaboration in Critical Thinking: A Model, Measures, and Tools

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Department of Defense
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2002 / SBIR
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Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Team Collaboration in Critical Thinking: A Model, Measures, and Tools
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-02-C-0343
Award Amount: $597,060.00


"The Phase II research proposed here will develop a model of team collaboration in critical thinking (TC2T) that builds upon the framework proposed by Alberts, et al. (2001) and upon the research team's considerable experience studying individualsteams in command and control settings. From this model, we will develop measures of: (1) technologies that support collaboration (collaboration technology MOPs), (2) processes of collaborative critical thinking (TC2T MOPs), (3) their influence on team-wideunderstanding of goals and means that is central to command and control (C2 MOPs), and (4) mission outcomes with a focus on synchronization (MOEs).Based on this work, we will construct an assessment and visualization tool for team collaborative critical thinking that incorporates measures, and training for in collaborative critical thinking Task Force Excel, training that leverages the measures forassessing its effects. We will develop and test initial versions of these products in experiments using DDD command-and-control scenarios and, at least in some cases, participants from the military. Final implementation and fielding of these products areproposed as option tasks (for ONR).BENEFITS: The benefits of this work will accrue to warfighters, institutions that support them, and researchers. Specifically, the creation of a model and measures of Team Collaboration in Critical Thinking model will support a sustained program ofmodel-based

Principal Investigator:

Jared Freeman
Leader, Cognitive Systems

Business Contact:

Margaret J. Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
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Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No