June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
This paper establishes an approach for integrating civic engagement and service learning into freshman courses and senior capstone classes within civil engineering and construction management (CECM). The aim is to help produce an environment where students learn from each other while on internship. This may create a greater synergy between their coursework and actual community projects.
The CECM curriculum prepares students to be operative members in the society’s infrastructure. As such, CECM faculty recognizes the benefit in combining service learning activities into beginning engineering courses, as well as capstone courses. This is done by planning a feasible project with a community-based organization, having both beginning and senior level engineering students engage in it over a period of one to two semesters.
The paper discusses an effective approach on how to integrate learning in a reverse hierarchical manner. It also presents measures to evaluate both successes and failures of this approach. The projected longevity of the approach, tackling various projects, is integrated into the study. The two CECM faculty members also discuss the viability of transferring this approach to other universities and engineering colleges.
Maalouf, S., & Alroomi, A. (2017, June), Board # 26 : Reversing the Hierarchy of Causation and Effect in Civil Engineering and Construction Management Courses Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27816
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