June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
This paper focused on the use of educational exercises for architecture students in order to enhance their understanding of structural engineering principles. Hybrid method refers to the use of educational models that target both qualitative and quantitative understanding of structural analysis. In particular in this study a series of hands-on activities were designed and incorporated into the Architecture Structure classes to provide students with a deeper level of understanding on structural behavior. The overarching goal was to collect data that supported the introduction of educational tools for physical demonstrators and 3-D interactive real-time simulations into an otherwise conventional mathematical class. In particular, the educational framework included a mix of software and small-scale models. The first one helped students realize the difference between the textbook solutions and the real-world physical phenomena by visualizing and experiencing 3-D structural behaviors in a virtual environment. On the other hand, the small-scale modeling was used to provide students with a greater impression for longer retention. A four-phased teaching methodology comprised of the following steps: 1) generation of idea (Informal Learning), 2) theorizing process (Intuitive Conceptual Understanding), 3) conversing process (Mathematical Understanding), 4) diverging process (Implementation of comprehensive understanding) was utilized. Results show how this approach was able to increase students’ motivation and ability to learn structures with satisfactory results for both instructor and students.
Loreto, G., & Reinoso, H. (2019, June), Hybrid Method for Enhancement of Structural Understanding in Architecture Students Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32908
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