ERIC Number: ED196343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Construction Curricular Elements: A Pilot Study and Model Data Base for a Construction Curricula Planning and Resource Guide. Technical Report.
Young, James W.
The perceptions of experienced contractors regarding elements of a construction curricular guide at the baccalaureate level that was recommended by the education committee of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) were studied. The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for the construction industry. Sixty-three employees of Colorado AGC member firms completed the survey instrument. Based on the findings, the following conclusions were drawn: (1) respondents found it difficult to look beyond their own particular job responsibilities in evaluating the importance of elements of the curricular guide; (2) respondents attached a higher level of importance to elements that were related to their academic background; (3) the length of construction experience does not appear to have a significant influence on perceptions of element importance; (4) the response to work experience as an alternate source of instruction for construction-oriented elements indicates that classroom instruction for these elements has only partially been accepted by industry personnel; and (5) while eight elements were found to be substantially less important than all other elements, the original construction education guidelines are essentially as valid now as when they were developed. The findings are illustrated by statistical tables, and procedures used to select the study population, develop the questionnaire, and analyze the results are described. A sample questionnaire is included. (SW)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, College Curriculum, Construction Industry, Construction Management, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Guides, Higher Education, Job Skills, Job Training, Occupational Surveys, Pilot Projects, Questionnaires
University of Southern Mississippi, Southern Station, Box 5137, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg.
Note: Dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education, College of Education, University of Northern Colorado. Construction Curricula Planning and Resource Guide published January 1979.