Evaluating Student and Faculty Outcomes for a Real-World Capstone Project with Sustainability Considerations

TitleEvaluating Student and Faculty Outcomes for a Real-World Capstone Project with Sustainability Considerations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsM. Stanford, S, Benson, LC, Alluri, P, Martin, WD, Klotz, LE, Ogle, JH, Kaye, N, Sarasua, W, Schiff, S
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice
Volume139
Issue2
Pagination123-133
Date Published2013
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10523928
Keywordscapstone , COLLEGE , community-based , CONSTRUCTION , CRITICAL , ENGINEERING , Faculty , Integrative , Jigsaw , real-world , student , STUDENTS , SUSTAINABILITY , sustainable , undergraduate
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to determine how a real-world, sustainability-focused engineering capstone course affected students' critical thinking skills, student knowledge of sustainability, and student and faculty workloads. The research also investigated the effectiveness of a classwide jigsaw team approach. A combination of qualitative and quantitative assessment tools, including surveys, journals, interviews, and timecards, was employed to investigate the research questions. Results revealed that a real-world project with a focus on sustainability positively impacted students' critical thinking skills and led to increased knowledge of sustainability, but it also correlated with a high workload for students and faculty. Additionally, the jigsaw organization structure proved successful and yielded a positive team-building experience for the students. These results suggest open-ended problems with real project constraints can yield a uniquely beneficial learning experience without sacrificing the quality of student design or project deliverables. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice is the property of American Society of Civil Engineers and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
NotesScott Stanford, M. Benson, Lisa C. 1 Alluri, Priyanka 2 Martin, William D. 3 Klotz, Leidy E. 4 Ogle, Jennifer H. 5 Kaye, Nigel 6 Sarasua, Wayne 7 Schiff, Scott 8; Affiliation: 1: Associate Professor, Dept. of Engineering and Science Education, M-12 Holtzendorff Hall, Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC 29634. E-mail: 2: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lehman Center for Transportation Research, Florida International Univ., 10555 W. Flagler St., EC 3680, Miami, FL 33174. E-mail: 3: Ph.D. Student, Glenn Dept. of Civil Engineering, 109 Lowry Hall, Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC 29634. E-mail: 4: Associate Professor, Glenn Dept. of Civil Engineering, 208 Lowry Hall, Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC 29634. E-mail: 5: Associate Professor, Glenn Dept. of Civil Engineering, 212 Lowry Hall, Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC 29634. E-mail: 6: Assistant Professor, Glenn Dept. of Civil Engineering, 114 Lowry Hall, Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC 29634. E-mail: 7: Associate Professor, Glenn Dept. of Civil Engineering, 310B Lowry Hall, Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC 29634. E-mail: 8: Professor, Glenn Dept. of Civil Engineering, 210 Lowry Hall, Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC 29634. E-mail:; Source Info: Apr2013, Vol. 139 Issue 2, p123; Subject Term: ENGINEERING -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: CRITICAL thinking; Subject Term: SUSTAINABILITY; Subject Term: COLLEGE students; Subject Term: CONSTRUCTION projects; Subject Term: CONSTRUCTION industry; Author-Supplied Keyword: Capstone; Author-Supplied Keyword: Community-based project; Author-Supplied Keyword: Critical thinking; Author-Supplied Keyword: Engineering education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Faculty workload; Author-Supplied Keyword: Integrative thinking; Author-Supplied Keyword: Jigsaw team; Author-Supplied Keyword: Real-world project; Author-Supplied Keyword: Student workload; Author-Supplied Keyword: Students; Author-Supplied Keyword: Sustainability; Author-Supplied Keyword: Sustainable development; Author-Supplied Keyword: Undergraduate engineering education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Undergraduate study; NAICS/Industry Codes: 236110 Residential building construction; Number of Pages: 11p; Illustrations: 1 Diagram, 6 Charts; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000141

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