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Research in Progress: Transforming and Integrating: Evolving Construction Materials & Methods to the Next Level

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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22.1243.1 - 22.1243.16



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Chung-Suk Cho University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Dr. Chung-Suk Cho is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Engineering Technology. His teaching and research focus on project scope definition, pre-project planning, sustainable construction, project administration, construction safety, construction simulation, and project management. He has prior teaching experience at North Carolina A&T State University in construction management and working experience with Fluor Corporation as a project manager. His studies at University of Texas at Austin resulted in a Ph.D. in 2000.

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David S. Cottrell University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Dr. David S. Cottrell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1978 and retired in 2000 after more than 22 years of service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Studies at Texas A&M University resulted in an M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering in 1987 and a Ph.D. in 1995. He is a registered Professional Engineer with the Commonwealth of Virginia. With more than 13 years professorial experience, he has taught a large variety of courses including statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, graphic communications, engineering economy, and construction planning, scheduling, estimating, and management.

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Candace E. Mazze University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Ms. Candace E. Mazze is a Research Assistant at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research interests include curriculum design and assessment of learning. She received her master’s degree in Elementary Education from Pfeiffer University and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has prior teaching experience in private and public school systems.

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Transforming and Integrating: Evolving Construction Materials & Methods to the Next LevelThis project will validate an active-based, student-focused methodology as a successful meansfor student achievement, engagement, and mastery of learning objectives and project outcomes.Outside the classroom, Habitat for Humanity will serve as a gateway to hands-on opportunitiesfor students with little or no experience in construction. When classroom instruction isaugmented with an out-of-class experience that provides a defining hands-on experience – formany perhaps their first – the classroom experience itself also takes on a new aura of reality andrelativity. Synergistically, the students emerging from this project will be more confident andbetter prepared for follow-on courses in the curriculum.The investigators for this project will conduct a highly structured assessment project to documentprogress in terms of the project objectives. The project evaluation will be based on both surveydata and objective assessment data collected before, during, and after each semester when theproject has been implemented in the classroom. A variety of tools will be employed at key targetof opportunity to solicit, capture, and analysis performance data. The collective sum of allapplicable assessment and evaluations for each course during either Phase I (Validation) orPhase III (Implementation) will collated in a form Independent Course Assessment Report(ICAR). Classroom performance will be tracked with objective data (graded homework,exercises, and exam problems) augmented with subjective data resulting from Pre- and Post-Surveys and interviews. Student data and perceptions will be complimented with input fromfaculty through surveys and interviews as well. The Habitat mission will also be deliberatelymeasured.All students enrolled in the course will complete surveys designed to identify their level ofknowledge and experience at the beginning of the semester. Commensurate with the Habitatprogram, students will be further assessed during interviews. Information collected willdocument past experience and current level of knowledge on applicable learning outcomes anddevelop profiles for the student populations.Faculty observers will document any Habitat related on-the-job training and instruction and thedemonstrated skills displayed by the students. These skills may include technical as well asfunctional expectations regarding oral communication and team performance. Further, during theclassroom instruction, periodic feedback will be gathered from the students concerning theirperceptions of the effectiveness of the project and the Habitat experience in promoting theproject objectives.Student participants will perform an after-action review through surveys as well as selected exitinterviews. The participants will be tracked collectively as they complete the course and assessedon their respective mastery of the course learning objectives in light of their job site excursion.Particularly during Phase I, their performance will be measured against course standards as wellas against the “control group” – that is, those students who did not participate in the Habitatmission or the guided program of study – to determine if any statistically significant differencesin outcome mastery can be determined and if so, whether it could be reasonably tied to theexperience gained through this project.

Cho, C., & Cottrell, D. S., & Mazze, C. E. (2011, June), Research in Progress: Transforming and Integrating: Evolving Construction Materials & Methods to the Next Level Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18998

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