June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
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Competition-Based Learning Activities within Civil Engineering: A Critical Review of Current Options Structured, competition-based learning activities have been used in the process of educatingaspiring civil engineers for many years. Some of the better known and more widely adoptedcompetitions include the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Concrete Canoe Competition andthe American Society of Civil Engineers/American Institute for Steel Construction’s SteelBridge Competition. It is estimated that upwards of 65 additional competitions, sponsored byvarious organizations, are in use to varying extents by civil engineering programs throughout theUnited States.While most of these competitions require a significant investment of resources, includingfaculty/staff time and departmental fiscal support, the engineering education literature appears tobe devoid of a recent, critical assessment of civil engineering competition-based learningactivities and their associated learning value. Accordingly, the research questions associatedwith this study are: 1.) What civil engineering-related competition-based learning activities arecurrently in use in the United States, and 2.) What is the perceived learning value associated witheach identified competition?Data collected during this investigation will include a thorough investigation of national andregional civil engineering competitions. A detailed analysis of each identified competition willbe performed by the investigation team. An existing, well-established, and validated educationmetric will be used as the tool by which each competition is evaluated. In addition, a survey ofthe heads of all ABET, Inc. accredited civil engineering programs will be performed to capturethe frequency and distribution of individual competitions, as well as an assessment of thedepartment heads’ perceived educational value to the participants of each competition.The paper generated by this study will include a concise review of the literature related tocompetition-based student learning, a detailed and transparent discussion of the research methodsemployed during the study, a compiled list and short description of all the competitionsevaluated, an explanation of the competition evaluation metric employed, and clear conclusionsaddressing the stated research questions.Given the previously acknowledged resource investment required to participate in many of thecompetitions currently in use, it is anticipated that the results of this study will be of interest tocivil engineering program administrators, faculty members, sponsoring agencies associated withcurrent competitions, and developers of future civil engineering competitions.
Barry, B. E., & Meyer, K. F., & Arnett, K. P., & Spittka, B. (2013, June), Competition-Based Learning Activities within Civil Engineering Education: Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19328
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