June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
22.114.1 - 22.114.8
A Survey of Construction-Related Math Skills in an Introductory-Level Construction Management CourseAbstractConstruction management (CM) professionals use construction-related math skills daily in manyaspects of their work. These math skills include adding and subtracting lengths, finding areasand volumes, and changing from one unit of measurement to another.Many of these math skills are taught during elementary school, but numerous students are unableto confidently apply the skills several years later when they enter college, even though they maybe eligible to take pre-calculus at that time.This paper presents the results of a diagnostic construction-related math quiz given in a freshmanlevel CM course over five different semesters, illustrating students’ consistent difficultyperforming these math skills. Since it is imperative that students have confidence applyingconstruction-related math skills upon graduation with a construction management degree, thispaper also proposes strategies to improve students’ construction math skills.
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