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A Comparison of Construction Management and Engineering Student Learning Styles

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Construction Session 3: Curriculum

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Eric A Holt University of Denver

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Dr. Eric A. Holt is a Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Denver, teaching in the Burns School of real Estate and the Built Environment. He has 25 years of industry experience, with 18 years in the design field. He teaches Plan Reading, Design Management, Virtual Design and Construction, BIM, Contract Administration, and Construction Building Systems to both undergraduate and graduate students.

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Mark Shaurette Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Mark Shaurette has a MS in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in Technology from Purdue University. He is currently an associate professor at Purdue University, was a 2012 Fulbright Scholar in Ireland, and has work experience that includes 30+ years of senior construction management practice as well as work as a research engineer for the National Association of Home Builders Research Foundation. He is active in research, education, and community outreach in the areas of building retrofit for energy conservation, sustainable construction practices, management of the demolition process, material reuse and recycling, as well as instructional design in technology education.

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Christine L Chasek University of Nebraska at Kearney

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This paper presents the findings of a study analyzing the learning styles of undergraduate construction management (CM) students in bachelor degree programs in the U.S. and compares them to engineering student learning styles. The study utilized the Felder-Silverman model and the Index of Learning Styles (ILS) as a survey instrument. The population of the students surveyed was 1,069 CM students from 36 university CM programs across the Associated Schools of Construction regions. Past studies with engineering students were utilized for the engineering student data. The results were analyzed and comparisons were made of both the CM students and other similar studies done with engineering students. It was found that CM students were visual, active, sensing, and sequential learners and significantly higher for all the learning style dimensions than engineering students.

Holt, E. A., & Shaurette, M., & Chasek, C. L. (2016, June), A Comparison of Construction Management and Engineering Student Learning Styles Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26283

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