Impact of Team Characteristics in Learning Sustainable Built Environment Practices

TitleImpact of Team Characteristics in Learning Sustainable Built Environment Practices
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKorkmaz, S, Singh, A
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice
Date Published2012
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10523928
AbstractThe existing architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry has a fragmented nature in which each team member works in isolation away from a whole-systems thinking. It is a challenge to produce sustainable buildings with systems optimization and multidisciplinary collaboration among different disciplines. It is therefore crucial to help AEC students learn how to exchange information and work in teams for effective design and construction of sustainable buildings. This paper presents a research study based on a senior level undergraduate course, taught at Michigan State University that utilizes a teamwork approach to teach sustainable built environment practices. The study tests the proposition that integrated student teams produce more comprehensive outputs for sustainable projects by using mixed methods of data collection and analysis: observations, interviews, and qualitative and social network analysis. The results showed that teams with a high degree of interaction and leadership provided creative sustainable solutions and had better articulation for every aspect of the project. [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.)
NotesKorkmaz, Sinem 1 Singh, Aditya 2; Affiliation: 1: Assistant Professor, School of Planning Design and Construction, Michigan State Univ., 201D Human Ecology Building, East Lansing, MI 48824 (corresponding author). E-mail: 2: Graduate Research Assistant, School of Planning Design and Construction, Michigan State Univ., 405A Human Ecology Building, East Lansing, MI 48824. E-mail:; Source Info: Oct2012, Vol. 138 Issue 4, p289; Subject Term: SUSTAINABLE buildings; Subject Term: SUSTAINABLE development; Subject Term: TEAM learning approach in education; Subject Term: ACQUISITION of data; Subject Term: UNDERGRADUATES; Author-Supplied Keyword: Communication; Author-Supplied Keyword: Engineering education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Social network analysis; Author-Supplied Keyword: Sustainability education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Sustainable development; Author-Supplied Keyword: Teaching methods; Author-Supplied Keyword: Teamwork; Company/Entity: MICHIGAN State University; NAICS/Industry Codes: 926110 Administration of General Economic Programs; Number of Pages: 7p; Illustrations: 1 Diagram, 6 Charts; Document Type: Article