Youth Teamwork Skills Survey

The Youth Teamwork Skills Survey is a self-report survey that measures youths’ perceived team communication skill levels. The survey is meant for youth in grades 6 - 12 participating in STEM out-of-school time programs. The survey includes 28 items that fall into five factors based on the team communication skill areas of closed-loop communication, information exchange, and listening.

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Supplemental Information:

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Assessment Type:

Self-reported survey


Multiple choice, point scale (e.g. Likert scale), or selected response, individual self-assessment or ratings (e.g., Likert scale)

Publication Date:

Nov 20, 2018


Informal or out-of-school-time setting - grades 6-12

Domain(s) Evaluated:


Sample items:

Sharing Information you found about the topic of the [project/challenge] that none of you teammates have mentioned yet. 1) How good or bad do you think you would be at doing this on the imaginary team? A. Bad at this B. Kind of bad at this C. Kind of good at this D. Good at this 2) How easy or hard would it be for you to do each of these things with the imaginary team? Listen closely to a teammate share an idea on what you are going to say to the team about your own idea. A. Hard to do this B. Kind of hard to do this C. Kind of easy to do this D. Easy to do this





Administration time:

short(<15min) minutes

Requires a Computer:


Requires Internet Access:


Primary reference:

Grack Nelson, A. (2018). Youth Teamwork Skills Survey: Survey and manual. St Paul, MN: Science Museum of Minnesota.


Reliability: The reliability of responses was addressed through the development and testing of the items and checked statistically by computing coefficient alpha. STEM OST practitioners and youth in STEM OST programs provided feedback on the items and scenarios to ensure that items were clearly interpreted and measuring what was intended. Coefficient alphas for each of the five factors were at or above .70 (coefficient alpha = .70 to .79), providing evidence of the reliability of the factor scores for the five factors. ------------------------------------------------------------- Validity: Various types of validity evidence were collected in order to make the argument that the interpretation of factor scores on the Youth Teamwork Skills Survey are indeed measures of youth’s perception of their team communication skill level, their comfort and likelihood of performing the skill, and, in the case of the listening factor, how easy it would be for them to use the skill. The validity argument includes construct validity evidence based on content, response process, and internal structure. Content-related validity evidence was gathered by reviewing the literature and gathering feedback from STEM OST practitioners to ensure that the content of the survey aligned with the construct of team communication skills. Think-aloud interviews were carried out to gather response process validity evidence. Internal structure validity evidence came from factor analysis and differential item functioning (DIF) analysis. More information can be found in the Youth Teamwork Skills Survey Manual's appendix and an extensive discussion of psychometric, reliability, and validity information can be found in Grack Nelson's dissertation (linked to below).

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