INCORPORATING COLLABORATIVE LEARNING METHODS IN CONSTRUCTION EDUCATION
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Architecture, engineering and construction industries are advancing in collaborative methods for completing projects. Consequently, institutions of education are investigating methods of teaching students how to effectively function in teams in order to prepare students for industry. Majority of the proposed methods are resource intensive and require extensive planning before students are introduced to the teamwork training. This thesis study is an exploratory investigation into applying a current training method as a one-time intervention. The goal of the research is to see if this method of training will impact student’s attitudes and behaviors about teamwork. A two phase, survey based research design collected data from Engineering Technology and Construction Management students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The resulting data highlighted a significant change in attitudes between phases for 18 survey items. This change, coupled with professor and student feedback, demonstrates how the the training raised awareness of what constitutes effective teamwork. 44% of the significant responses where associated with communication although communication questions accounted for 33% of total survey items. This research recommends that future study designs for teamwork trainings with limited resources focus on communication in order to make the most impact in the shortest period of time and establish a foundation for later skill development.
Construction & Facilities Mgmt
Smithwick, JakeMayo, GlendaTymvios, Nicholas
Thesis (M.S.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2017.
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