June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Implementing PBL in a Concrete Construction CourseThis paper presents an action-research case study detailing the evolutionary changes in theimplementation of the problem-based learning (PBL) method in an undergraduate concreteconstruction course. The case study incorporates the perspective of the course instructor asaction-researcher and the quantitative and qualitative student impact data. PBL was firstimplemented in this course in 2011 as a student centered active learning pedagogy. The firstimplementation adopted a minimalist approach owing to the issues typically associated with PBLadoption such as increased instructor effort and student resistance to a new learning paradigm.Through 2012 and 2013, the action researcher continued to adopt and increase the scope of PBLapplication. In 2013, the course moved from a summer offering to a spring offering. This changeproved to be very positive for both instructor and students alike. Most significantly, the changein schedule permitted a longer time span in which the PBL activities could be more effectivelyimplemented compared to the short, fast paced summer offering. The evolution in the adaptationof PBL pedagogy and key components for success in the implementation of PBL in theengineering and engineering technology classroom will be presented. In addition, a discussion ofthe assessment methods that also underwent an evolution in scope and detail will be presented.The paper concludes with recommendations for further research.
Hu, J., & Ortiz, A. M., & Sriraman, V. (2014, June), Implementing PBL in a Concrete Construction Course Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20599
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