The introduction of teaching innovations into the traditional teaching of construction and building materials

Reyes Pozo, Encarnación and Gálvez Ruiz, Jaime (2011). The introduction of teaching innovations into the traditional teaching of construction and building materials. "Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education And Practice", v. 137 (n. 1); pp. 28-37. ISSN 1052-3928. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000033.

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Title: The introduction of teaching innovations into the traditional teaching of construction and building materials
Author/s:
  • Reyes Pozo, Encarnación
  • Gálvez Ruiz, Jaime
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education And Practice
Date: 2011
ISSN: 1052-3928
Volume: 137
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Construcción
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The traditional teaching methods used for training civil engineers are currently being called into question as a result of the new knowledge and skills now required by the labor market. In addition, the European Higher Education Area is requesting that students be given a greater say in their learning. In the subject called Construction and Building Materials at the Civil Engineering School of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, a path was set three academic years ago to lead to an improvement in traditional teaching by introducing active methodologies. The innovations are based on cooperative learning, new technologies, and continuous assessment. The writers’ proposal is to offer their experience as a contribution to the debate on how students can be encouraged to acquire the skills currently demanded from a civil engineer, though not overlooking solid, top-quality training. From the outcomes obtained, it can be concluded that using new teaching techniques to supplement a traditional approach provides more opportunities for students to learn while boosting their motivation. In our case, the introduction of these changes has resulted in an increased pass rate of 29% on average, when such a figure is considered in the light of the mean value of passes during the last decade.

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Item ID: 11681
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/11681/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:11681
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000033
Official URL: http://ascelibrary.org/action/showAbstract?page=28&volume=137&issue=1&journalCode=jpepe3
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 11 Jul 2012 08:40
Last Modified: 31 May 2018 13:13
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