June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Industry Led Guided Discovery in a Classroom SettingA team of Construction Contracts Administration instructors created a new frameworkcalled the Industry Led Guided Discovery (ILGD), in which students become subjectmatter experts, utilize industry expertise and solve project case studies. In 2010, a seniorlevel construction contracts class implemented ILGD to transform the way material waspresented. The students were formed into small teams of three and given a topic to research,solved a problem related to the topic, and presented the final outcome. The goal was forthe students to become subject matter experts in different topics. The Learning Pyramidby National Training Laboratories Institute for Applied Behavior Science shows that withlectures alone the student retains only 5% of the material. The ILGD concentrates onimplementing research, demonstration, discussion group, and student teaching whichincreases the retention in the range of 50% to 75% of the topic as the learning pyramidindicates.The industry experts provide valuable real life experience through case studies to the teamexercises and projects. The students learn how to problem solve, understand the legalimplications, and become better communicators. When the industry gets directly involvedwith the students it has enormous positive impact on the knowledge transfer betweenstudents and the industry in preparing them for the construction management profession.The response from the industry has also been so overwhelmingly positive that there is awaiting list for them to get involved in the class.The three year study of implementing the ILGD methodology includes 7 classes and a totalof 363 students. The results showed the following: increase student participation by 100%,grades improved by 36%, and the class ratings increased by 10%.The partnership created between the industry and academia has proven beneficial for thestudents which has been validated through several immediate job placements out of theclass and the learning experiences throughout the project. This environment creates a betterframework for the students and their future in the construction profession.
Cioara, J. D., & Kashiwagi, D. T., & Romero, S., & Sullivan, K. T. (2014, June), The Transformation of a Construction Contracts Administration Class Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23181
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