Abstract

Service-learning is a pedagogical approach which gives the students an opportunity to develop professional and social skills in concert with learning and reflecting on curricular material. This is achieved through a student’s active participation in a meaningful community service project, open and interactive reflection, formal class lectures, and discussions. This case study discusses the results of implementing a pilot service-learning undergraduate class in a state university construction management program. The course was offered as a two-credit hour voluntary technical elective in the Spring quarter of 2008. The organization of this study first puts service-learning into context by giving a brief background and history of the subject relative to higher education. Objectives, goals and potential benefits of using service-learning as a strategy for higher education instruction are highlighted. The course’s development, implementation, execution, and outcomes are featured. The results were outstanding and exceeded most expectations. This study is written in such a way as to be used as one potential template. The hope is that the analysis and study of this case will be used as a practicum by others to help employ a service-learning element in their construction management curriculum.

Disciplines

Construction Engineering and Management

Number of Pages

8

Publisher statement

First Copyright is held by the The Associated Schools of Construction (ASC). Original publication in the International Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference of the ASC (April, 2009)

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