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Assessment Results: Incorporating Case Studies in the Civil Engineering Curriculum

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Innovative Pedagogy and Assessment in Civil Engineering Education

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Civil Engineering

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24.217.1 - 24.217.10



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Norb Delatte P.E. Cleveland State University Orcid 16x16

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Norb Delatte is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cleveland State University

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Joshua Gisemba Bagaka's Cleveland State University

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Dr. Joshua Gisemba Bagaka's is a professor of educational research design and statistics in the Department of Curriculum and Foundations in the College of Education and Human Services at Cleveland State University. He received his Bachelor of Education degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Nairobi, a Master’s of Science in Probabilities and Statistics and a Ph. D in Educational Research Design and Statistics both from Michigan State University. His primary teaching responsibilities are in the graduate educational research courses, educational statistics, and educational program evaluation. His research interests are in the utilization of hierarchical linear models in analyzing school, teacher, and classroom effects on student learning outcomes. Professor Bagaka’s has also been involved in studies utilizing hierarchical linear modeling to identify the value-added indicators of school and teacher effectiveness on student achievement. His recent work on the role of teacher characteristics and practices on upper secondary school students’ mathematics self-efficacy was published in the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. He also served, for seven years as the Director of the Ph. D in Urban Education program at Cleveland State University. Professor Bagaka’s is a recent African Regional Research Fulbright Program scholar to Kenya where he conducted research on teacher beliefs and practices on high school mathematics self-efficacy.

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Assessment Results: Incorporating Case Studies in the Civil Engineering Curriculum Lessons learned from case studies have had a significant impact on both education andpractice of engineering and related disciplines. The history of practice in civil engineering is, inlarge part, the story of failures, both imminent and actual, and ensuing changes to designs,standards and procedures made as the result of timely interventions or forensic analyses. Inaddition to technical issues, professional and ethical responsibilities are highlighted by therelevant cases. Over the past five years the project extended the work of implementing and assessingcase studies from University X to eleven other university partners, and broadened the scope tocover engineering disciplines in addition to civil engineering, as well as the NSF MaterialsDigital Library. This paper reports on the results from including case studies in various coursesat a diverse data set of universities. Furthermore, a number of workshops on incorporating failure case studies has beenoffered at ASEE annual meetings and elsewhere. Those workshops have helped shape thecourse of this research. Student learning was assessed through surveys and focus group discussions. Studentswere asked specifically about the technical lessons learned, as well as their response to the casestudies. Case study questions were included on homework assignments and examinations.Survey questions linked student achievement to learning outcomes. This year, the data fromstudent focus groups and surveys of faculty that teach with case studies have been investigated aswell. Case studies have potential for positive impacts in the affective domain as well as in thecognitive domain. The results have been evaluated against the ABET general student outcomes (criterion 3)as well as the Civil Engineering specific curriculum requirements. Furthermore, the results arecompared to the 2nd Edition of the ASCE Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge.

Delatte, N., & Bagaka's, J. G. (2014, June), Assessment Results: Incorporating Case Studies in the Civil Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20108

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